SONGS of the SOUL
Filmfare|November 2020
SONGS of the SOUL
MUSIC DIRECTOR MITHOON BELIEVES IN A HOLISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS MUSIC. DEVESH SHARMA CUES IN
DEVESH SHARMA

Mithoon is a total music composer. He can sing, he can play instruments and he writes lyrics as well. Out there in the West, this multi-talented lad would have been whamming out as an independent solo artiste or banging heads with his bros in a band, making the crowd run wild in a concert. In India, barring a few exceptions, most talented musicians take the Bollywood route to fame. It’s a crowded highway, perpetually jammed, where emotions run riot and fellow commuters happily run you over in order to cut lanes and jump ahead. But if you don’t mind the bumps and the road rage, you do get richly rewarded for your persistence. Mithoon, who has completed 15 years in the industry has been enjoying the journey. He asserts he believes in living in the moment. According to him, everything is a phase. One goes through different phases which help one grow. At the same time, he cautions that knowledge without application doesn’t tantamount to anything. “I learnt something about myself during my lean phase and used it to make myself better. What I’m saying is that learn to enjoy the moment but keep moving forward. That’s the key to happiness.”

If you feel Mithoon is going all Rumi on you, you’ve hit the philosophical jackpot because Sufi thought has been a big influence on his life and music. He’s grown up reading books on Sufism and loves listening to Sufi music. “I’m like a butterfly who’s exploring every area of the garden,” he quips. He’s not throwing a random quote at you but is someone who actually leads such a life. “People keep asking me how I survived during the lockdown. For me, it wasn’t anything different from what I do. Even when things were normal, I was always inside my studio, creating, exploring stuff. Instead of a studio, I was in my house now doing the same thing. It didn’t feel anything different.” He says technological advances have helped people remain focused in their disciplines. He’s even heard of people editing shows right from their homes. “So if that can be done, music can certainly be made from home. And that’s what I was doing. In fact, these months have been spent most creatively as everyone was at home so we could all exchange ideas freely and collaborate.”

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