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Mohit Chauhan on a era of musical pioneers, new development of digitally-made tunes and India’s storytelling traditions

One of the founding members of Silk Route, Mohit Chauhan recollects the era of “pioneering musicians” who introduced out a melodious revolt in opposition to the set tendencies of Indian movie music and managed to get an equal area and adoration for the music they made

Mohit Chauhan was just lately within the nationwide capital for Kathakar worldwide storytellers competition.

In 1998, it had been only a few years since cable TV arrived in middle-class India’s drawing rooms and the only a few non-public channels would typically present a dream-like sequence, dipped in deep hues of blue and a few splashes of yellow, with a tune and music that was as Indian because it was international.

Silk Route’s debut album, Boondein, and tune, Dooba-Dooba, immediately turned successful with the younger Indian. The music was in contrast to something the nation had heard, the lyrics and the tune composition felt contemporary, the devices like acoustic guitar had hardly ever been used to their full potential like this earlier than. Music bands had been unparalleled save just a few like Euphoria, however they had been absolutely making their presence felt.

“It was a really beautiful time actually,” singer, musician Mohit Chauhan fondly remembers.

One of the founding members of Silk Route, Chauhan recollects the era of “pioneering musicians” who introduced out a melodious revolt in opposition to the set tendencies of Indian movie music and managed to get an equal area and adoration for the music they made.

“I was part of the generation where we came up with our original music which people loved as much as they loved film songs. Our songs received just as much love. We made our own kind of music, it was not influenced by a plot of a film. It was basically our own thought extraction which came out in the form of a song that we made and the sounds that surrounded those songs,” Chauhan mentioned in a dialog with Firstpost.

In the final 20-some years, the music scene modified drastically as new means of selling had been developed and a brand new era of listeners influenced musicians to make tunes that had been well-liked however didn’t all the time depart an enduring impression.

Chauhan believes the reply lies with the business nature of music promotion and an absence of depth within the creation to start with.

“The kind of songs that are promoted by music companies, radio stations are very commercial or they don’t have the depth, something that we came up with or we thought we could do. So yes, that is required but otherwise India has a whole lot of musicians who are wanting to make good music. That’s what I am looking forward to,” the Masakali singer mentioned.

But, how does one convey depth of their music? Chauhan suggests the youthful era of musicians to make unique music that doesn’t imply new lyrics or totally different tunes.

“…but in terms of sound, in terms of the identity of your expression, in terms of the sound that you have. That comes from your soul, from the influences you have had while growing up and how much courage you have to come up with your own music, your own songs, your own sounds, which I think is there but sometimes is missing,” he mentioned.

Another motive why he feels immediately’s music lacks the soulful aftertaste of the music from a decade or so in the past is the rising development of digitally making music with out reside devices.

It is among the main causes that listeners discover the music made by RD Barman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal contemporary even immediately. When music is made with softwares, it lacks the human contact and feelings.

“When we listen to RD Barman songs, or Laxmikant-Pyarelal songs we hear a whole lot of live music, whether it is congas, drums, or percussions, guitar, saxophones. That human touch provides that human feeling to music, which is missing in a whole lot of stuff right now,” 56-year-old singer mentioned.

Chauhan was just lately within the nationwide capital for the 14th version of Kathakar – International Storytellers Festival, which showcased a few of the choicest types of storytelling from the deserts of the world – Rajasthan, Gujarat and Poland.

Talking about India’s oral storytelling custom, Chauhan mentioned that though India has totally different oral traditions of every area, the introduction of digital gadgets at an early age is hurting the age-old observe.

“Earlier there were fewer means of distraction. Children would come home after playing outside and sit around with their family, their grandparents would tell them folklores, legends, mythologies and so much more. The practice isn’t seen much today with the digital age as children have smartphones or video games. They are distracted more,” he rued.

Chauhan added that with festivals like Kathakar and the sort of response it will get it’s evident that we nonetheless very a lot love that a part of the tradition and there’s nonetheless hope.

“We have seen individuals beginning asking a month in the past about bookings and dates for Kathakar. During the competition, we obtain a very devoted viewers who include their youngsters and senior members of the home. That reveals how a lot they love that a part of our tradition.

“Through this tradition of oral story we take the knowledge of our culture, medicine, wellbeing, mythology to the next generations. A lot of things are imparted through these oral traditions. I think we should actively try to keep it alive, it is a very important part of our culture,” Chauhan mentioned.

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