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Young and sprightly, Darshan Rathod makes his debut with "Mann". His intention is to leave an impact on the audiences with melodies that will pass the test of time. Indra Kumar, his discoverer, in his usual doting mood observes, "In my 20 odd years in the film industry, I have never seen such unbridled enthusiasm as I saw in Darshan". I had to meet him as an aspirant music director because of my relationship with his father. He shocked me with his immense talent by churning out more than 40 tunes for my film when asked to compose only a few. Needless to add, all 40 tunes amazed me with his range and depth, a fact which I had thought to be highly unlikely considering his age.

Darshan comes from an amazing music lineage. His grandfather, Pandit Chhaturbhuj Rathod was a class exponent of classical as well as semi-classical music. Amongst his long list of illustrious students, there are four names who have contributed immensely to popular music. Vinod Rathod and Roop Kumar Rathod are amongst the top echeleons of popular singers today (Darshan's uncles). Nadeem-Shravan revolutionised film musical score from the 80s with their re-emphasis on melody and perhaps, rediscovering the film musical era of the 60s.

Darshan, however, while being very proud of this lineage, wants to strive for his individuality and a separate distinct identity. In his words, "I have imbibed a lot of excellent music as it is, and was, a part of my growing up. While I respect, and am proud of, the musical tradition that I am a part of but at the same time I am a part of a generation which has equally been influenced by the western popular music. The fusion of two, that is, western as well as Indian, is what is going to be my "USP". One of the youngest music directors to emerge in the Hindi film industry. Darshan's soundtrack for "Mann" has zoomed up the charts, and has been described as a whiff of fresh air by the film music pundits. As it was expected to be the case, Darshan has been inundated with numerous offers, but he is being extremely cautious in choosing his assignments. He feels, "I have a great legacy, that of our father, to contend with. While it remains a healthy challenge to make my father proud of me, I do not intend to do it by numbers but by the quality of my music". Famous first confident words of a talented singer.

darshanrathod Darshan Rathod, Mumbai, India

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