Published: Friday, May 17, 2013

The weekender

Elita Karim: Balancing work and play

Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

Elita Karim is familiar name and face, especially to those who remain in touch with our music scene, television and newspapers. After a hectic day’s work at her profession of journalism, the vivacious singer makes time to enthral audiences at her concerts. However, when the question is of finding time for herself, Elita does a pretty decent job.

What’s usually on your weekend agenda?

Elita: When you’re a journalist and a musician, a relaxed weekend doesn’t really happen much. On weekends, I join jamming sessions with musicians; do shows in both Dhaka and outside the capital. However, I meet my friends every Thursday night; we usually get together at a restaurant, hang out and visit any friends’ place and then play Uno (card game) until late at night.

Juggling music and journalism: How challenging is it?

Elita: Journalism is my profession, and music is my passion. I step0070ed into journalism when I was a university student, and gradually found that it’s not confrontational with my music, so I took it up as a profession. In case of schedule overlap, I try to manage my office time; I’m fortunate that my office gives me that space, as I try to remain sincere about my work in return.

How do you manage your time, given that your schedule is always packed?

Elita: To me, the two things that help me be responsible are: time management and proper decision-making. I am always looking forward to relax and have fun, even if it means cancelling some shows.

Is there anything you especially do to take care of your voice?

Elita: Apart from a weekly practice session, I don’t do much. I try to intonate at least one song a day and observe my voice and intoning style so that I can make corrections based upon it.

What are your favourite leisurely activities?

Elita: I enjoy watching movies, popular TV series on Star World, and musical shows on various channels.