One of my favorite parts of making music is meeting other young artists and listening to them speak on what inspires them and what they want to create and achieve. I first met Prashant Tiwari a year ago at When Lions Roar when his group Definition Music was performing at the event for the first time. It was two days after my grandmother had passed away, and I felt too distraught to attend the show, but made a last minute decision to do so to get my mind off things and be around friends and positive energy.
I came across Definition rehearsing their piece backstage and stopped to listen. From there, we spent the better part of an hour talking about everything from hip hop to neurology, and I was impressed with not only their rhymes, but how well-versed they were in a variety of fields such as religion, philosophy, and science. Their performance was the highlight of the show as they combined rap with dramatic arts, and the hunger and the desire they showed on stage resonated with everyone in the audience.
I can’t say I knew Prashant well enough to call him a friend, but the brief time I spent with him helped me when I was at a low point emotionally. I will remember him as an intelligent mind and a talented poet, and though his time on earth was cut short, the stories I’ve heard from his friends and family let me know he deeply touched everyone who he shared his life with.
"Dry your tears and raise your heads to greet the dawn. Look at death like a column of light between my bed and the infinite. Leave me to God and disperse yourselves. Go back to your dwellings and you will find there that which death cannot remove from you and me. Leave with peace." - Kahlil Gibran