Skilfully Expert: Ankur Tewari
Th hings have been on quite roll for Mr. Tiwari, but that wouldn’t have been the case had it not been for his lackluster Hotel Management course. The mischievous songwriter who loves to pen down words on his iPhone and has a remarkably urban yet desi fashion sense was all set to be the next best chef, but that wasn’t his calling. “I didn’t pursue Hotel Management because I liked it. I did it to avoid getting into an engineering course. At that point of time, the course was new in the professional space and the idea of working in a 24 hour air-conditioned environment in the company of prim and proper working professionals was what attracted me to the course”, he further adds.
Ankur, who has been writing and singing his own songs since school, started losing interest in the course as soon as started his internship. He avoids talking about his internship by saying. “Hotel jobs are quite thankless.” But even with the tiresome working schedule that goes along with a hotel job, Ankur was able to find time for his true love — music. He maintains that he somehow was always able to carry a guitar along everywhere. “It is like a part of my body”, he tell us. He would write songs in his room and then sing them in restaurants where he worked to earn some quick bucks while still in college. He further adds, “Though I loved singing my own tunes, I couldn’t get through a set without singing hits like Hotel California and other celebrated covers of that time. In India we shouldn’t forget what people crave for”. After college, he started writing full time and today has made his mark in the indie music scene. Ask him what made him choose the name Ghalat for his band and all he can say is “I pen down words that let the listener wander and get confused in, and that is why we chose the name Ghalat for our band. Even our band logo shows 4 men walking in the wrong direction. And that is in sync with the band’s identity and persona.” The band imbibes a lot of Urdu and Hindi notions in their lyrics, which makes it easier for them to communicate their thoughts and viewpoints to a vast gamut of listeners, hence building a great relationship with them.
Ask him what inspires him to document mellow lyrics and he responds, “I’m not sure what motivates me, but I like to write my thoughts as they come to me. I tend to do that even if I’m in a meeting because I am only as good as my ideas”. You will frequently spot Tiwari donning fedoras with Jaipuri chappals at events or even in his videos, and the reason behind this overwhelming fashion sense are the two women in his life — his wife and his stylist. Between the ladies, he is as sorted with his looks as he is with his music and we know plenty of screaming fan-girls who couldn’t be happier!