|Interview - Nilesh Moharir - Music
|Imagination is the key - Nilesh Mohrir
| Almost 21 title songs of popular serials, 14 non film
music albums and music for 7 movies. What more one could
have asked for ask for from a young music composer
Nilesh Mohrir ? This youngster has not only received
prestigious awards in a short span but has also been
felicitated with some big honours like Anil mohile
Purskar, Yuwa Gaurav Purskar, Kala Gaurav, Manavata
Gaurav and many others in appreciation of his music.
While doing his graduation in Music and Sound recording
from Mumbai University, Nilesh had the privilege of
learning the basics from Anil Mohile and Achyuta Thakur.
Then, he brought out many private albums with reputed
companies like Times, Fountain, Sagarika and Krunal.
Besides that he also worked as Music arranger. However,
he got a boost to his career when he got an opportunity
to provide title song to Zee Marathi's 'Kalat Nakalat'.
And, that's how Nilesh became a popular name in every
There was no stopping for him after that as serial
makers lined up at his place. For the past five years he
has been providing quality music and title songs for
every serial he has done. Looking at his film journey,
how can we forget that beautiful composition rendered by
Rahul Vaidya and Vaishali in 'Yanda Kartavya Aahe'? His
recently released film 'Manya-The Wonder Boy', also
speaks about his hard work and dedication, while
offering relevant tunes required for the purpose.
Especially, his background score in this film invites
MMW had a chit chat with Nilesh to know more about his
achievements and his future plans.
|Q: How did you land into
this field and whether it was your own decision to take up this
A: To tell the truth, till my college days, I wasn't sure whether I
would be seriously taking up this as my career. During that period,
I used to listen to music and even performed as a singer. But,
during 1994-95 when I heard songs composed by A.R. Rehman for the
film 'Bombay', I was inspired and also thought that one day I should
also be able to produce such a kind of music. Since then, I stated
believing Rehman as my guru and focused on all such requirements to
study music in detail.
Q: Oh! That means he is your ideal ?
| Q: Now we find so many new music directors mixing up Western
Music with Hip-rock and South pattern and fitting into it the
Marathi lyrics. Don't you think so ?
A: (Smiles) True. In some cases it does happen. But, if you ask my
personal opinion, I would say that between experiment and
imagination, it's imagination that is important. If you don't
imagine and keep working within the four walls, then many a times
you fail with your experiments and I would not like to be a part of
it. Whenever I compose music, I ensure that when a western or non-marathi
genre is used, the suitable matching lyrics are to be incorporated
to meet the requirement.
Q: But, for the past 5-6 years we have been observing that all
these new songs are based on South film songs or English pop.
A: Actually, if it is based on South style, it is okay as it has our
own regional base. But, if the songs are composed using those
foreign instruments, then it misses the Marathi essence. For such
compositions, care is to be taken that the sound of instruments
should not cover up the singer's voice. In short, the song should
convey the sentiments through words effectively.
Q: In the past, we have seen the Music directors getting the name
and fame. But, now days, though people remember the songs of new
music directors, they tend to forget their names. Don't you think so
A: Exactly. This is a very big topic of discussion. There are many
reasons, but basically the condition of music directors is almost
the same as that of Marathi Cinema. In spite of availability of so
many mediums, Marathi songs are not reaching to the people. In the
past Akashwani used to be the best option open to play Marathi
songs, which were heard in full length. But, today we see the
dominance of Hindi on all radio channels, where even an average song
is played repeatedly to make it popular. For Marathi songs, there is
no such option. Many of my best compositions therefore haven't
reached people. Those who know me, is only because of my title songs
for Marathi serials, as I have managed to reach their homes
Q: The present generation is Net savvy . Like Mobiles and
television, the internet has become a part of their life. Then, why
you are not using this medium for promotion of music?
A: Right, today because of internet so many good things are
happening. Like me, there are many other newcomers who are making
best use of internet. But, to make Marathi music popular among them,
it will certainly take some more time.
Q: Which is your favourite song composed till now ?
A: To be frank, my latest song 'Nur ada, Nur ada' in the film 'Manya-The
Wonder Boy' is my favourite composition. Even my media friends have
appreciated it and I have been receiving compliments from well wishers for
Q: After 'Manya' what's more in films? Are we expecting some more title
A: I have composed music for three more Marathi films namely: 'Partner' ,
'Platform' and 'Nirruttar'. Among them 'Partner' is based on Va Pu Kale's
novel. 'Platform' has already been acclaimed at film festivals. For 2-3
forthcoming TV serials, I am composing title songs.
Q: Great! We are all eager to see your compositions filled with melody.
by Jitendra R. More © MMW
|MORE INTERIVEWS / CHITCHAT