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A Chat with Pelenuo Yhome – The Architect from Nagaland with a Musical Soul


“Will you go with me to the ends of the earth.Where we will build a story, a story that will last” ~ An excerpt from Pelenuo’s song

You feel a certain kind of ease and calm when listening to Pelenuo’s song ‘Build A Story’, her first single. We catch up with this architect from Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore to talk about her foray into music and how she got started.


Photo : Pelenuo

  • Hi Pelenuo, say something about yourself 🙂

My name is Pelenuo, and I am from Nagaland. I am an architect graduate from Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore. So I am home now in Nagaland working as an architect/interior designer in Dimapur. Besides my work, I also love food, sneakers ( I like walking and sneakers are the best shoes ever!)  and of course music! I’m a fan of singer, Taya Smith and my favourite genre is country music.

Those that follow the north-east music scene on Instagram, would most probably  have heard of Jonathan Yhome. He’s my younger brother and he plays the roles of my singing partner, sibling and an accomplice. I am extremely proud of him and his flair for ingenious song writing that result into his originals soundtracks. This  sets him apart from the rest.  Here’s his feature that we’ve done on him and his music.


Photo : Pelenuo Yhome with brother Jonathan Yhome

  • Introduce us to your music. What got you started?

My parents love music and I guess that’s where I picked up my love for it too. I cannot recall what exact moment it was but it was Jonathan who inspired me to write songs and because music was all around that’s how it started. It was the most natural thing to be surrounded by. Looking back now, it was actually effortless, almost innate.

Photo | Pelenuo performing in a cafe

As long as we’re together, does it matter where we go ? #home

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  • Are you a musician full time, or do you have a full time job?

Like I mentioned, I am a graduate from Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore. Post graduation, I came back home and now I am currently working as an interior designer at “Paragon Prime.” If you are curious to see what kind of designs an architect-musician create and conceptualize,  you can check out some of my work below:

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3D design of 3 bedroom apartment (floor plan) by Pelenuo Yhome

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Lamp Design by Pelenuo Yhome

“I see music as a hobby that keeps me happy and occupied when I am not working. It gives me a good balance and that’s what I like about my current relationship with music. It consumes me and yet liberates me at the same time and that is a wonderfully surreal thing to feel! “

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Pelenuo working on her table (photo @yangerjung)

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Work (photo @yangerjung)

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  • What’s your creative philosophy – where do you take inspiration from?

When it comes to music, I write about stuff that I want to keep forever; things that are indelible. Stories, memories, moments, people, anything that I love and treasure. That is where my creativity comes from. I want people to take away a piece of me when they listen to my music; and while they may be able to relate to it on various levels, what I really want to know is how do I transform into what their mood needs and fill their void through my songs.

You can follow Pelenuo on Facebook and Instagram, and check out her latest musical project titled “Build a Story” a beautiful song to warm up your day and week 🙂


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