Mohit Chauhan talks about a generation of music pioneers, the new trend of digital tracks and India’s storytelling traditions

One of the founding members of Silk Route, Mohit Chauhan remembers the generation of “pioneer musicians” who sparked a melodious rebellion against established trends in Indian film music and managed to gain equal space and adoration for the music they made.

Mohit Chauhan was recently in the nation’s capital for the Kathakar International Storytelling Festival.

In 1998, only a few years had passed since the arrival of cable television in the living rooms of the Indian middle class and the very few private channels sometimes broadcast a dreamlike sequence, tinged with deep blues and a few touches of yellow, with one of the songs and music as Indian as it is global.

Silk Route’s debut album, Boondeinand song, Dooba-Dooba, instantly became a hit with the young Indian. The music was unlike anything the nation had heard, the lyrics and songwriting were fresh, instruments like the acoustic guitar had rarely been used to their full potential like this before. Music groups were unknown except for a few like Euphoria, but they sure made their presence felt.

“It was a very beautiful time in fact”, recalls with emotion the singer and musician Mohit Chauhan.

One of the founding members of Silk Route, Chauhan remembers the generation of “pioneer musicians” who sparked a melodious rebellion against established trends in Indian film music and managed to gain equal space and adoration for the music they made.

“I was part of the generation where we made our original music that people loved as much as they loved the movie songs. Our songs got just as much love. We made our own music, it didn’t was influenced by the plot of a movie. It was basically our own extraction of thought that came out in the form of a song that we made and the sounds that were around those songs,” Chauhan said during a conversation with Firstpost.

Over the past 20 years, the music scene has changed dramatically as new means of marketing have been developed and a new generation of listeners have encouraged musicians to create popular tracks that don’t always leave an impression. sustainable.

Chauhan thinks the answer lies in the commercial nature of music promotion and the lack of creative depth to begin 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 invented or thought we could do. So yeah, it’s necessary but otherwise India has a lot of musicians who want to make good music. That’s what I’m looking forward to,” said the Masakali said the singer.

But how do you bring depth to their music? Chauhan suggests the younger generation of musicians make original music that doesn’t mean new lyrics or different tunes.

“…but in terms of sound, in terms of who your expression is, in terms of the sound you have. It comes from your soul, the influences you had growing up, and the courage you have to create your own music, your own songs, your own sounds, which I think are there but are missing sometimes,” he said.

Another reason he thinks music today doesn’t have the soulful undertone of music from a decade ago is the growing trend of making digital music without instruments. live.

This is one of the main reasons why listeners find the music of RD Barman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal fresh even today. When music is made with software, it lacks the human touch and emotions.

“When you listen to songs by RD Barman, or songs by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, you hear a lot of live music, whether it’s congas, drums or percussion, guitar, saxophones. That human touch gives that human feeling to the music, which is missing in a lot of things right now,” the 56-year-old singer said.

Chauhan was recently in the nation’s capital for the 14th Kathakar – International Festival of Storytellers, which showcased some of the best forms of storytelling from the world’s deserts – Rajasthan, Gujarat and Poland.

Speaking about the Indian tradition of oral storytelling, Chauhan said that even though India has different oral traditions in each region, the introduction of digital devices at an early age is harming the age-old practice.

“Before, there were fewer means of distraction. Children would come home after playing outside and sit with their family, their grandparents would tell them folklores, legends, mythologies and much more. The practice is not seen much today with the digital age because children have smartphones or video games. They are more distracted,” he lamented.

Chauhan added that with festivals like Kathakar and the kind of response it gets, it’s obvious that we still love this part of the culture very much and there is still hope.

“We saw people start asking questions a month ago about Kathakar bookings and dates. During the festival, we get a really devoted audience who come with their children and the elderly people of the house. It shows how much they love this part of our culture.

“Through this tradition of oral history, we pass on knowledge of our culture, our medicine, our well-being and our mythology to future generations. Many things are transmitted through these oral traditions. I think we should actively try to keep it alive, it’s a very important part of our culture,” Chauhan said.

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