Rohan Deo Pathak presents a video album to MS Dhoni at the latter’s Ranchi residence last year
Narendra Modi will owe at least a teeny-weeny portion of his success to a Jharkhand youth, if he becomes the next Prime Minister.
For, Ranchi’s Ratu Road resident Rohan Deo Pathak (23) has composed and sung the NaMo ringtone that has now gone viral.
The 40-second ringtone was launched on January 15 on the occasion of BJP’s Namo Patang Mahotsav in Ranchi. “The tune depicts Modi’s personality and the promises he has made to the countrymen. It took me only six hours to compose and record the tune. I only used two instruments for the piece,” said Rohan.
The BJP may have paid Rohan only Rs 5,000 as studio charge, but the tune has earned him recognition — something that he and any other small town artist yearns for.
Because for them the problems are myriad.
First, there is no good recording studio in terms of equipment. Second, the market is not encouraging for classical and light music.
“Not many will love to sing for political parties, but for livelihood people are forced to do a lot of things,” rued Rohan, who hails from a humble background. Rohan belongs to a family associated with the Gwalior gharana of classical music. His father Rajkumar Pathak was a tabla player. So was his grandfather Rameswar Pathak, who also trained Rohan.
Though Rohan got an offer from an MNC in 2011, he declined it and chose music.
Last year, Rohan had composed a tune for Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after he scored double ton against Australia. The composition received over 50,000 likes on Youtube and Facebook.
Impressed, Mahi invited Rohan to his home.
“I was very nervous. Dhoniji asked me how I got the idea of the song,” said Rohan, adding that on Dhoni’s request he later composed a piece for Team India.
Rohan also came up with a four-minute video clip as his tribute to Little Master Sachin Tendulkar in 2013.
Rohan is all set to release his first video album — a collection of five Sufi songs — next month.
“I have exhausted all my savings, Rs 78,000 to be exact, for this album. I am confident that my hardwork and dedication will pay back,” he said.