To discover your talent at a very young age is indeed a wonderful gift from God. When Eying discovered his true passion, he managed to keep up with certain obligations, didn’t waste his talent but developed it.
Growing up with a strong passion for music, he was singing in his church choir and taking part in other musical activities, all through his childhood. His love and respect for music have brought him to where he is today. Now working far away from home, Eying still looks back to his life in Nagaland and teaches school kids in Delhi, all he learned as a child.
We had a chat with Eyingbemo Ovung – a talented musician from Nagaland, who now teaches music to young aspiring musicians in Delhi. He talks about his roots and the many reasons he finds joy in his work. Read on to know more about him.
Hello Eying! Do introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello, my name is Eyingbemo Ovung. I was born and brought up in Kohima, Nagaland. After I finished school, I graduated with a degree in Music from Patkai Christian College in Nagaland. Currently, I am based in Delhi, where I work as a music teacher in a school and a music institute in New Delhi.
Eyingbemo with his music students in New Delhi.
What initially sparked your interest in music?
I’ve always loved to sing ever since I was young. However, taking music lessons never occurred to me. It was in my days at higher secondary school when I joined my Church choir that I realized the importance of formal music training. I joined PCC (Patkai Christian College) soon after, for a BA in Music and started music lessons.
Eying singing at a church service.
How has your upbringing influenced your working style?
I was very fortunate to grow up in a community where Christian culture played a major role. We were exposed to music very early on. Be it school, Sunday school, Church or family meetings – there was always music. I still teach my students some of the songs I learned in school.
“Also, over the last couple of years, I have come across many local folks who have moved on from working in traditional government jobs to taking up their passion as their profession. I’m so glad to be amongst those people who are trying to bring a change to the much needed unemployed people of our community – through their root talents.”
Eying doing what he loves most, singing with his choir in Church.
Is there a particular performance that you are extremely proud of? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Performing in the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, which is one of the top three concert halls in the world, would definitely top my list of special moments.For me, inspiration is everywhere. Strangely, I get most inspired when there is silence.
Eying with his choir at Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
Tell us about the most memorable moment you’ve had with your students.
I have a lot of them quite regularly actually. I particularly love how after school breaks, some of my students comes up to me to tell me they missed me and my classes. That leaves me smiling the whole day.
Eying with his students after winning a school competition.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope they can see and hear my deep love and respect for the art and for music. I put my heart into everything I do and I hope people see that through my music.
Eying is a happy fan as he poses with the frontman of Danish band Michael Learns To Rock, Jascha Richter at their concert in Dimapur, Nagaland.
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