We had the good fortune of connecting with Raashi Kulkarni and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raashi, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
“Passion. Perseverance. Patience.” This mantra has been my compass for almost a decade and is the reason behind my success and happiness. Since childhood, music has been my passion and outlet for expression. Alongside passion, my constant desire to learn has been instrumental in progressing my career forward. Throughout my life, I have navigated challenges with perseverance. This has enabled me to develop humility and immense gratitude for my work. As a complement to perseverance, I have practiced patience in my musical journey. I have learned that things may not happen when we want them to, but they do happen when we need them to.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a composer and pianist based in Los Angeles, CA. As a first generation Indian American woman, I have embraced my identity and allowed my background to guide me in finding my compositional voice. The intention is to bridge my two worlds together through music. In late 2018, Warner Brothers hired me to compose the DC Universe’s first Bollywood-inspired musical, which aired on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in April of 2019. I understood the complexity of this endeavor and was able to leverage both sides of my identity to bring the project to fruition. It was featured in Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. I was thrilled with the final product, and fans of the show expressed their enthusiasm for the authenticity of the musical.
I know one purpose in my life is to create and share music with people: to build connections with others through my art. I maintain the strongest connection with my family. They have always kept me grounded and given me perspective when I have needed it the most. Of the many life lessons I have learned thus far, the most crucial one is this: let your work speak for itself. As an artist, I value quality over quantity. My work is a reflection of who I am and the medium through which I am able to express myself. On the film and television side of the spectrum, my hope is for people to realize that first generation Americans and immigrants in this country offer layered and diverse perspectives. I believe the entertainment industry has made well-intentioned strides towards inclusivity, which will lay the foundation for valuable voices to be heard. My goal is to contribute to this progress by collaborating with other artists and sharing underrepresented stories.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is so much to do in LA! Pre-pandemic, I have loved taking friends to LACMA, The Getty Museum, comedy shows in West Hollywood, the beach, and music concerts ranging from Walt Disney Concert Hall to the bluewhale. My friends and I love all cuisines and would dine at restaurants like Night + Market Song in Silverlake, Masa in Echo Park, Jon & Vinny’s in West Hollywood, and Yamashiro in Hollywood. I could go on and on. One of the coolest things about LA is attending film screenings with Q&As featuring the cast and crew. It is always inspiring to listen to their process of producing a film, and makes living here so special.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is dedicated to my mentor, Blake Neely. I have worked with him for four years on countless film and television projects. I am grateful for his leadership, mentorship, and friendship.
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