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All that sax(ophone) helps Nitish Mittersain think creatively at work

The Nazara Technologies MD hopes to jam with friends at a new jazz café on Saxophone Day.

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Nov 06, 2019, 06.01 PM IST
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Nitish Mittersain has been hooked onto the sax since he first picked up the instrument at the age of 16.
Nitish Mittersain has been hooked onto the sax since he first picked up the instrument at the age of 16.
Given a choice, the MD of Nazara Technologies Limited would love to jam with Bill Clinton who he considers a great performer.

It’s Saxophone Day (an unofficial holiday commemorating the birth of the woodwind's inventor, Adolphe Sax) and all over the world, saxophonists and jazz enthusiasts are gathering to celebrate that smooth, smooth sound. Like Nitish Mittersain, MD, Nazara Technologies Limited, who hopes to be jamming with friends tonight at a new jazz café in Bandra – the BlueBop Café.

Mittersain has been hooked onto the sax since he first picked up the instrument at the age of 16. “It was something I always wanted to do as a kid and finally when I gave it a shot, I was hooked.”

Despite his late start, Mittersain quickly made his way into jazz circles, joining ‘Jazz Junkeys’, a jazz band that used to perform every second Thursday at Jazz by the Bay in Mumbai. He also played Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” on Shekhar Suman’s 'Movers & Shakers' back in 2000.

​Despite his late start, Nitish ​Mittersain quickly made his way into jazz circles​.
Despite his late start, Nitish Mittersain quickly made his way into jazz circles.

MD by Day, Saxophonist by Night
But for Mittersain, it’s not just a hobby or passion. Playing the sax helps him at work too.

“Jazz for me is all about improvisation and approaching a song through multiple patterns and ways. I am able to apply the same tactic at work, improvising on challenges faced on a day to day basis,” he said.

Playing the sax thrice a week with weekly classes every Monday also allows the Nazara Tech MD to unwind after a long day, leaving him refreshed for family time. One of his favourite memories remains the time he played ‘Under the Sea’ from The Little Mermaid for his daughter’s first birthday. “She is an ardent fan and loves to dance while I play.”

Dream Collaborations
Asked about people he’d love to jam with, Mittersain said he wouldn’t mind jamming with former US President Bill Clinton who he considers a great performer. However, if he could go back in time, he would love the opportunity to play ‘Autumn Leaves’ with American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz (also known as “The Sound”).

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