Young and sprightly, Sanjeev and Darshan make their debut with "Mann". Barely out of their teens (Sanjeev 23 years old, Darshan 22), their intention is to leave an impact on the audiences with melodies that will pass the test of time. Indra Kumar, their 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 Sanjeev-Darshan". I had to meet them as aspirant music directors because of my relationship with their father. They shocked me with their 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 their range and depth, a fact which I had thought to be highly unlikely considering their age. Sanjeev-Darshan come from an amazing music lineage. Their 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 (Sanjeev-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. Sanjeev-Darshan, however, while being very proud of this lineage, want to strive for their individuality and a separate distinct identity. In their words, "We have imbibed a lot of excellent music as it is, and was, a part of our growing up. While we respect, and are proud of, the musical tradition that we are a part of but at the same time we are 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 our "USP". One of the youngest music duo to emerge in the Hindi film industry. Sanjeev-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, Sanjeev-Darshan have been inundated with numerous offers, but the duo are being extremely cautious in choosing their assignments. They feel, "We have a great legacy, that of our father, to contend with. While it remains a healthy challenge to make our father proud of us, we do not intend to do it by numbers but by the quality of our music". Famous first confident words of a talented duo.
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