If music is the food of love, play on. This Shakespearian adage fits fine with ‘United Misfits’ of Odisha, as it feeds on the love for music in the digital domain to please the heart and ease the mind. ‘United Misfits’, a band of eight young MBA graduates in the 26-27 age group, is waving its music wand on YouTube channel ‘Odia One’.
Cuttack: If music is the food of love, play on. This Shakespearian adage fits fine with ‘United Misfits’ of Odisha, as it feeds on the love for music in the digital domain to please the heart and ease the mind. ‘United Misfits’, a band of eight young MBA graduates in the 26-27 age group, is waving its music wand on YouTube channel ‘Odia One’.
The young and the old, who had lapped up its earlier tracks and tunes, are now licking their lips to watch its Odia web-series ‘Rabana Podi’ set for its release on the channel. The eight fast friends, most ofthe 2007-08 Plus-2 pass-outs from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, are working in the corporate sector.
Yet their yen for music never leaves a jarring note that can breach the balance between their profession and passion.”We use Whatsapp, e-mails and calls to exchange ideas. Everything is then fine-tuned by singer Biraj, a finalist in Season-I of reality show ‘Voice of Odisha’ on channel Tarang,” said Sourav, one of the co-founders of ‘United Misfits’.
The young men’s chase to fly high and zest to show their hot and hatke stuff registered finesse and a fillip, when some of them floated their band ‘Souls’ in 2011 during their study stint at Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla. “Ankit and Sourav flagged off the journey and others joined the caravan for ‘United Misfits’ to take birth,” said Ankit Amlan, a trainee in Vodafone, Bhopal.
“We call ourselves “Misfits”, because we don’t fit into stereotypes,” he added. The team hit it big in 2014, when it got a break in FM Radio in 2014 when its album ‘Jane Jaan’ of three Hindi songs was aired. “The fusion of Western music, Rajasthani folk, soft rock and Odia undertone in the album still sounds fresh and fabulous,” said Trishant, an avid music fan in Cuttack. The outfit set foot in “Odia One’ in 2016, for it knew the digital arena would be the next new brave world for everything and anything. Nearly seven video songs, released till now on the channel, turned out to be chartbusters.
Among them ‘Pyasi Hai Rooh’ (Hindi), composed by Ankit-Saurabh duo, sung by Ollywood singer Satyajit Pradhan and acted out by national award winner and Ollywod actor Prakruti Mishra (now playing the lead female role in Hindi tele-serial ‘Bitti Businesswali’ on &TV), is claimed to have received over 2,60,000 hits alone till date. “Others including ‘Asha Ra Akasha’ and the remake of late Odia legendary singer Akhaya Mohanty’s ‘He Phaguna Tume’ added feathers to our cap,” said Sourav, the new recruit in Vodafone, Mumbai.
Then web-series ‘Rabana Podi’ was poised to hit YouTube with its four episodes (each of them having 20-minute span). “Its name sounds mythological, but it is quite contemporary and revolves round a father and his son,” said Viraj, the script-writer and director of the series, who is now working as a faculty for IT giant Infosys, Bhubaneswar.