First female drummer from Madhya Pradesh, 31 hours, one world record.
Hailing from a small Palda village from Neemuch district, she has been a scholar through and through her life. Topping academically in her school and then, clearing three examinations for government jobs, there was a lot her parents expected of her. Srishty Patidar, a name you might not have heard before but her story will inspire you to run after your dreams.
After completing her engineer from IET, DAVV, Indore, she worked at an IT company as a software engineer earning a respective salary there. However, she left everything to pursue her passion of drumming. And if you ask her that if her journey was easy, then the answer is nope…not at all.
Her journey from being a professional software engineer to a record-breaking summer is a long one.
She was introduced to music by her teacher Sheela Vaishnav, "I realized in my college time that music is the thing I want to do for my lifetime."
After she told her parents that she is leaving her well-paying job to chase her dreams, at first they were shocked. They weren't very supportive of her. The concept of leaving a promising career to do something which might or might not work in your favor is quite tough to understand. How can you expect them to understand anything when you yourself have no idea where the path will take you?
Her friends stood beside her like pillars throughout her struggle. They helped her in purchasing a second-hand drum kit so that she could practice.
You don't have to be in Mumbai or Delhi to face it. Srishty says that when Dabang Dunia published an article on her, her friends were very excited and asked her to buy a few copies of it but she didn't have enough money. Ms. Patidar firmly believed on her dreams and being an independent girl she didn't want to take money from her parents but also, she refused to go back into the IT world where her passion had no identity.
As for earning herself a living, she teaches students and gives coaching to meet her needs. She doesn't get much from it but she manages somehow.
We talked about the endless amount of hours she invested in practice drumming so that she could master it. The best part of it? She couldn't do it. According to her, as she started very late, she categorizes herself as a beginner. There is so much more to learn. The learning process is never ending and her life isn't long enough.
Watching Arunima Sinha and Arati Saha's story on television lighted her spirits and motivated her to follow her dreams. 'Log kya kahenge' has killed more dreams than anything else, it cannot get any more real that this. People talked about her as well. She is from a small village having a population of 250 and when you come from a place where you are the only girl engineer (not to forget a district topper), people are ought to talk. So, they talked about her as well. But she did not let "Log kya kahenge" phrase to become the reality of her life.
If she would have cared about what other's talk about then breaking a world record would have been impossible for her.
Even after facing so many struggles, ups and downs, Srishty didn't regret leaving her job. Not even for a second. She loves every moment of her struggle. And now that she has broken the world record, her hard work has finally paid off.
You can find a female singer, a female guitarist but you don't see a girl as a drummer everyday. Srishty doesn't believe in doing everything that's laid down by the boundaries of the society.
In her own words, Srishty says that breaking the world record is just a start for her as she is not going to stop here. And for everyone out there who want to pursue their passion. Go for it! You will have to be very stubborn to attain your dreams. Log toh kehte raheinge...
She practiced day and night which led to her neighbors complaining about her a lot. Due to this, she had to keep on changing her flats. You can expect that to happen when you drum for 8 to 10 hours daily. The most amazing part is that she went on to practice for 27 hours continuously.
Srishty aces at Mathematics. She got full marks in the subject during both her 10th and 12th examinations. Most of us don't utilize those mathematic equations in real life but she applied permutation and combination for drumming and look how perfectly that worked out for her. What a genius!
Once again, congratulations Srishty for breaking the world record in drumming. Cheers!