Rohit Suraj, founder and CEO of Hyderabad-based Urban Zen has forayed into music and is now a founding member and the lead vocalist of the band SIRIUS. He discussed various reasons why many architects have a connection with music, and many are even performing musicians.
Sirius is a bunch of like-minded folks with a passion for good music and for sharing it with others. Neha and Rohit are on the lead vocals, Alan has percussion and backing vocals, David is the lead guitarist. Vijit is on the bass guitar and backing vocals and Robin on the keyboard and backing vocals.
Alan is the big daddy of the group. He is drummer Sivamani’s contemporary and they both go back many years. He has also played for and with A R Rahman and S P Balasubramaniam, amongst others. Vijit works with Deloitte and both Robin and David teach music at leading international schools. Neha is a full-time musician and has been on the live circuit for the past few years.
“I’ve always found that music moves my soul”, said Rohit Suraj. Music and architecture have a deep connection, and this is something that has been acknowledged centuries ago. In fact, Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio has written a treatise, where he compares and likens the proportions of rooms to harmonic ratios in music. Apart from the fact that both are extremely creative disciplines, there are other similarities too. Both run on intuition, gut feeling, or that indefinable quality which immediately lets a musician or an architect know what would work, be it in a melody or a design, and what would be out of place. Both evoke emotions and both involve taking risks. Both exemplify beauty and elevate the human spirit.