When Actor Nana Patekar Gave Wings To A Boy’s Dream!
BY AASHU PATEL
LOS ANGELES, CA- We all dream. Only a few of us have the courage to follow our dreams. Only a handful of us, have the support we need to pursue our dreams. The story of Mann Bipin, a young Indian drummer who leaped up to the hallways of fame is heart-touching. A young boy hailing from a middle-class family in India made a name for himself internationally because of his talent and the support of a successful person who believed in his talent. Celebrated Indian actor Nana Patekar, brought about a turning point in Mann’s life.
Mann who is currently based in Los Angeles started drumming from the young of two. He was commended for his speed, power, style, and grove and soon he won the hearts of people. In India, his father had a band called “The Beaterzz.” Mann played as the lead in this band and became known for it. When he was eleven, he began his education in drumming from Mr. Pankaj Sharma and went on to graduate from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.
One day, as Mann was performing, Indian actor Nana Patekar saw him and was impressed. Patekar told his manager and Mann’s father Mr. Bipin Chunawala, “Mark my words, your son is going to be a star.” Patekar did not just stop at appreciation. He sponsored Mann’s education at the Musicians Institute － the institute that has been instrumental in making Mann the musician he is today.
At the Musicians Institute, Mann was awarded as “The Best Player of the Year” in the very first year of his education at the institute. He played for renowned Jazz guitarist Marcus Miller and for Lars Deutsch (Emmy Award winner and Oscar-nominated film score composer) with pop artist Paloma Rush. He also played with Phrimaphaa Khornrojjachawin (nokphrima) who has multiple awards to his name like the KPN Award (2009) in Thailand, the Best Singer award in the R&B genre at the World Championship of Performing Arts 2016, the second prize at the International Festival White Night of Saint Petersburg, and with May Patcharapong, who is an internationally acclaimed Jazz player at the popular Saxophone pub in Thailand.
Mann continues to play at Andrae Crouch’s Church and is referred to as “The Father of Modern Gospel Music” by Contemporary Christians and gospel music professionals, with Pattie Howard as music director and worship leader who is known for singing background for many major artists including Whitney Houston , Gladys Knight , Mary j Bilge, Brandy , Fantasia, Queen LaTifah, Madonna, Andrea Crouch, Michael Jackson, Curtis Sigler, Lisa Stanfield, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Reba Rambo and Diana Ross. He is currently a drummer for Arthur Menezes – who has won the Gibson Award and Albert King Award for the “Best Guitarist” by the Blues Foundation (IBC 2018).
Armed with his dream and equipped with the zeal to succeed, Mann Bipin’s journey was fuelled by Nana Patekar’s support for his music education. From playing Gujarati Garba to playing Jazz, Blues, Gospel Music, and Funk, Mann has come very far from where he started and has a long way to go in the world of music.