The sensational singer on Youtube, Vidya Vox who created a unique Indo- western fusion had recently opened up about her abusive father and her mental health problems.
Vidya Vox was known for the rare combination of Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Bollywood music with the Western pop. Vidya’s musical blends has created a mass hit on youtube. “ Kuttanadan Punjayile”, “Kuthu Fire”, ” pallivalu bhadra vattakam” and “Tamil Born Killa” was the most popular among her mixes.
But recently the 28-year old came up with a 360 degree video on her channel where she opened up about her abusive father, racism , her upbringing and more. Vidya talks about her family, how her father controlled she and her sister . “My father was really controlling and abusive. He controlled everything about us, including what we wore. I had really low self-esteem and I felt trapped. I suffered from terrible anxiety,”
Finally, her mother ran away with Vidya and her sister when she was 16 years because of abuse.
Vidya also says about the racism, and how Americans bullied she and her sister in school because of their brown coloured skin. She also reveals about various mental health problems she undergone through.
The new video tells her story in 7 minutes. She begins her story saying, about her training in Carnatic music since the age of 5 , “My music is a complete reflection of who I am as a person.”
She then talks about how she grew up in US, her Indian heritage and her wishes to mix up with the other white kids ensured she lived in two different worlds.
The video then depicts the abusive household that Vidya grew up in. “My father was really controlling and abusive father was really controlling and abusive. He controlled everything about us, including what we wore. I had really low self-esteem and I felt trapped. I suffered from terrible anxiety,” Vidya says.
She then says how the Indian society looked upon a woman, who is separated from her spouse, “When my mom escaped my dad, my music teacher refused to teach me,” she says. “Music was my solace, my refuge.”
Vidya m0ved to Mumbai, where she decided to pursue music, here she build up her skills, she began to blend Indian music with western pops, which quite accepting among the music lovers.
Vidya also talks about her unique fashion style, which she describes as: “What if Coachella happened in Rajasthan?”
“If women do anything that’s a little bit outside of the box, everyone freaks out,” she notes. “But now, I just laugh it off, or write about it in my songs,” she adds later.
“Indian music, western clothes, brown skin and an American accent – that’s me. I’m finally free. Free to be me,’’ Vidya concludes.
Vidya commented that she was afraid to put her story on the internet, which can be mean, “But reading some of these comments knocks those walls down and I’m so grateful for your love & support. I never ever ever take it for granted!” she wrote . The video was uploaded on August 23.