While her classmates from school chill out during the summer break before class X begins, 14-year old Mohini Dey is busy shuttling between recording studios and concert halls.
A bass player, who started playing the instrument at the tender age of three, Mohini is happiest when she is with her SDGR bass “When I was a small child, I was drawn towards my father’s bass guitar. He noticed my interest and started teaching me. Thanks to him and my entire family, I am able to do what I really like,” says Mohini, who has shared the stage with artistes like drummer Ranjit Barot and Zakir Hussain in the past. Last year, guitar maker Warwick Bass presented Mohini with a bass guitar, which she endorsed for a year.
Daughter of bass player Sujoy Dey, who performs with singer Shreya Ghosal, Mohini has been described as prodigy by many acclaimed musicians. Her younger sister Esani is 11 years old and plays lead guitar. Says Ranjit, “I think Mohini is going to go very far. Besides having an excellent musical temperament, she practices really hard to deliver her best. Without the luxuries of either TV or internet at home, both she and her sister put in all their energies to practice on their respective guitars.” Mohini will be performing with Barot at Blue Frog on May 21.
With a musician father and a singer mom, Mohini too wants to follow in their footsteps and pursue music professionally when she grows up. “I want to be a versatile musician, just like my dad when I grow up. Personally, I love playing funk and jazz-blues but as a professional, I know that I must play a bit of all styles to be really good,” she explains.
About how she manages her studies with her hectic music schedule, Mohini, who is a class X student at Oxford Public School in Kandivli (W), says “There is pressure, but I study when I have time off from concerts and studios”, adding, “I scored 86 per cent in my last exam and hope to keep it up.”