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Meet the First Assamese to perform in YouTube FanFest

Posted On :: Tuesday 12th September 2017
Antareep generally works on cover videos instead of original numbers because he thinks it is easier to connect with the audience through pre-acquainted songs rather than putting something original online
Antareep generally works on cover videos instead of original numbers because he thinks it is easier to connect with the audience through pre-acquainted songs rather than putting something original online
By: G Plus News

Lahar Hazarika a.k.a. Antareep Hazarika, an Assamese boy born and brought up in Guwahati, along with his group of gifted vocalists, has been using YouTube to treat their audience to alluring covers -mostly of popular English songs - backed by visually stunning videos. 
 
Antareep did his schooling from Maria’s Public School, Guwahati and went on to pursue B.Tech. in Computer Science from Sharda University, Noida where he’s currently based. Antareep’s musical journey began at the early age of 6. Talking to G Plus about his inclination to the field of music and film production, he said, “I am fortunate enough to originate from a family that is creatively inclined. My dad, Manash Hazarika, is a music director and my mom, Paran Banti Devi, is an artist and they have always encouraged me to listen to what my heart says. The moment I laid my hands on a piano for the first time as a kid, my heart knew what it wanted. And thus, my journey began at the age of 6.” He further added, “Film production was something that I discovered at a later phase in life. I started reading books on movie direction and animation and gradually I started creating rough storyboards, which later turned into videos/films.”
 
Antareep’s first film, “Awakening,” a short film, was placed among the Top 5 movies from across the globe at the UNIS – UN Conference 2013 and was presented live at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City, USA. 
 
His journey as a YouTuber started at a very early age. But it was in 2015 that his work started to gain recognition far and wide when he became the winner of HP India’s campaign #BendTheRules and thus went on to become the first Assamese to perform in YouTube FanFest. 
 
 
Antareep shared his experience from the YouTube FanFest and said, “YouTube artists like Kurt Schneider, Sam Tsui, Superwoman, Macy Kate and Mike Tompkins have always been my inspirations. It is because of them that I started uploading videos on YouTube in the first place. Never in my wildest dream did I think I would end up in the same room as them! I never thought I’d get to interact, or perhaps “hang out” with them! So, in a nutshell, YouTube FanFest is the craziest, wildest and undoubtedly the best thing to happen to me! It’s just amazing interacting with people from across the world and experiencing amazing performances on stage!”
 
Post the FanFest, Antareep collaborated with fellow YouTubers from across the globe, including the likes of Shirley Setia, Kurt Schneider, and Rickshawali. He says that Kurt’s cover of “Never Forget You” is undoubtedly his favourite and it is incredibly fun for him to work on collaborations.
 
Antareep generally works on cover videos instead of original numbers because he thinks it is easier to connect with the audience through pre-acquainted songs rather than putting something original online. He added that there are tons of original numbers in the pipeline waiting for the right time to be released. He credits his friends for the amazing pieces of art that his videos are because he generally just works on the music production, video direction and editing while everything else is taken care of by his group. 
 
“When people ask me why I post videos on YouTube, I often tell them that YouTube is my way of exhibiting how overly passionate I am about filmmaking and music. I feel that music is something that runs in my blood and I don’t need any other reason, more relevant, to showcase my work on YouTube. Music and filmmaking greatly motivate me to explore my world and inspire me to experiment with ideas out-of-the-box. My viewers on YouTube inspire me to work hard. I believe that every single opinion from my viewers comes with a valuable lesson for me to learn.”
 
Since 2015, Antareep has been associated with HP and has worked on multiple videos for the company. In association with HP, Antareep donated his laptop to an NGO, Shining Tree, where he visited the children and taught them to use the device.  He’s also worked with Girl Rising to promote and encourage girls’ education through his cover of “Fight Song.” 
 
Antareep has been balancing his academics along with his passion very well, with proper utilization of time. While AR Rahman and Hans Zimmer have always been his idols, he considers his parents to be his inspiration throughout the journey as a music producer and filmmaker. 
 
“My parents have always been my inspiration; my dad, for always encouraging me to follow my dreams like he followed his and my mom, for always reminding me that no matter how crazy and stupid my dreams might seem, there’s always a way to get there if you use your resources efficiently.”
 
Although all his covers are wonderful, if you haven’t checked out his channel yet, these 5 covers are the ones you should start with – Royals, Chandelier, Despacito, Bol Do Na Zara, and Never Forget You. 
 
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