Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wishing you a very Happy New Year

Harmonica Club of Gujarat wishes all the visitoText Colorrs a very Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Apna Dil to Awara

We started the programme with this song.

Harmonica Distribution

Santa and others distributed tower make harmonicas to all the children.

Magic of music

Santa trio( Manhar Majithia, Alex and his son Avlon ) and Paresh Bhatia did the right job to bring big smiles on their faces.

Hum kisi se kum nahi

They were asked to play harmonica on their own and one can see the joy on their faces. They really freaked out.

They played...Danced...and enjoyed

A Real Joy

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Music made them laugh

We all felt a sense of fulfilment last Sunday on seeing smile on the faces of special children. With Harmonica Club members Manohar Majithia and Alex Lobo donning the Santa Claus, playing jingle bell... jingle bell on the mouth organ and Alex's son Avion doing the jig, it became Christmas time at the Prakash residential school for mentally challenged children. Paresh Bhatia and his disciple Devansh played 'Hum Honge Kamyaab' and 'Lakdi ki Kaathi' to the accompaniment of claps from the school children whose joy knew no bounds when each one of them was given a mouth organ by the Harmonica Club. All the children played the harmonica to their heart's content.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Prakash residential school

"Music definitely is a very powerful tool to build and spread compassion among people. Music can carry very subtle messages and communicate messages of peace in a variety of ways." A.R. Rahman.

Monday, December 15, 2008

We are proud of YE DOSTI

Dr. Shahoo, superintendent of Ahmedabad Zoo invited us to play for the visitors. The Ahmedabad zoo is located in the area of 31 acres. This is the only self sustained zoo in the country.
Mr. Asit Vora Chairman of Standing committee ( AMC ) and Deputy commissioner Mr. Patel remained present.
After the harmonica session we were invited by them to participate and play harmonica in the KANKARIA CARNIVAL at 8 pm on 30th December 2008.
Special Thanks to Them


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pukarata chala hu mein : Apoorva Bhatt

During my last visit to Vadodara I had a real good time in learning and playing harmonica with masters. Apoorva Bhatt in full mood played some lovely songs. Everytime we meet, I have something new to learn.
Truly he is full of surprises!!!
Pukarata Chala Hu...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sholay : Rupesh Parmar

This tune made the harmonica very popular amongst the young people. Every harmonica player loves to play this tune. If someone comes to know that you are a harmonica player, the first tune they will ask you to play is ' Sholay Tune '.
Rupesh Plays it really well...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nind na muzko aaye : Nachiketa Desai

Nachiketa Desai has a unique style of presenting his songs. Most of us prefer listening to him. He is very strong in adding required feeling to the songs.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pal Pal Dil ke Paas : Amjadkhan

Harmonica club of Gujarat wishes him and Akbar Qureshi 'EID MUBARAK'. Amjad Khan collects all kinds of Harmonicas. His aim is to have harmonicas of all kinds and makes by the end of the next year. We have to specially thank him for providing the notations for almost 400 songs. He is also known for gifting his harmonicas to the beginners and learners, recently he gave away his brand new suzuki chromatix 64 to someone...
Amjad Khan, pal pal dil ke paas...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Chaudavi ka chand ho :Manohar Vaidya

Manohar Vaidya is a backbone of the group. At this age, without any vested interest he is always ready to help the group. We do not find words to thank him..
I still remember the day when he came for the first time, silently watching others play, and after the meeting got over he started playing with such an expertise, that members wanting to go home had to stay back for almost an hour. That day all of us felt ...'yes we have found the player we needed the most'.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sunday the FUN DAY

This Sunday evening we decided to play Harmonica in the Law Garden. While parking our vehicles, we found two young boys with guitar. We requested if they could play for us.
The moment we started playing harmonica visitors started gathering. Pl watch the response...
Nachiketa Desai played 'mere sapno ki rani kab aayegi tu'


Saturday, November 22, 2008

A tribute to Milon Gupta: Indian Mouth Organ Maestro

In today's net savvy world, as we surf the net in search of harmonica players of the world, we come across thousands of names. They are the most accomplished harmonica players that the world has ever seen and we find only one name from the Indian sub continent. This name is none other than that of the legendary Milon Gupta.

Milon Gupta was born on 22nd November 1933 in Calcutta. His mother was a very accomplished singer in Calcutta having sung in the All India Radio. As a child he used to play the ordinary mouth organs till one marine engineer person from Dover Road / Deodar Street of Calcutta (where Milon Gupta used to live) got him two Hohner Chromatic Harmonicas. And there began the journey of the great Milon Gupta.

A self taught musician with absolutely no formal training, he single handedly took the mouth organ to levels never attained in India. He showed that how a pure Western Instrument with such complications and limitations can be adapted to play Indian melodies and songs with all the perfect nuances. This was evident in his early days itself when he was mesmerising audiences with his skillful playing of songs like ''palkir gaan'', ''gayer bodhu'', ''Ayega anewala'', ''jago mohan pyaare'' and many more, which till then was unheard of being played on a mouh organ.

Such was his repertoire and mastery over that instrument that he soon got noticed by the great composer Salil Chowdhury, whilst he was performing at a local concert. This was way back in 1950-51. Soon came ''Pasher Badi'', a very successful movie in Bengal in those days (which later got remade as Padosan in Hindi), and that movie marked the begining of Milon Gupta's mouth organ being used in films. Soon he set for Bombay and played in innumerable movies like Naukri, CID, Dost, Dosti, Roti, Kashmir ki Kali, Patita, to name a few. He played under the distinguished composers like Salil Chowdhury, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, SD Burman, Kalyanji Anandji, Shankar Jaikishen, OP Nayyar, Mukul Roy, Sudhin Dasgupta, Manna De, Shyamal Mitra, Hemant Kumar and many more. He spent a number of years assisting OP Nayyar and in one of his sittings with OP Nayyar and Majrooh Sultanpuri, the famous Yeh Hain Bombay meri jaan was created. The story goes how OP Nayyar asked him to play that particular western number and Majrooh saab wrote the lyrics on the spot. This was later narrated by Milon Gupta in an interview on Television a few years before his death.

His command over Western music on the instrument was unparalalled. He had a school of sudents who would only learn Latin and Western music from him. Even though he had no formal training, he was equally fluent with both the Indian notation as well as the Western Stave notation. People who have his private recordings of western playing have often compared him to the great Larry Adler who once met Milon Gupta when he came to India for the only time. Almost unbelievable as it may sound, but he adapted this instrument to play kirtans and rabindrasangeet with as much finesse as he used to play Western.

It was because of Milon Gupta that this instrument reach the height of its popularity in India. The old timers in Deodar street still recollect how SD Burman used to drive to his house regularly to drop our very own RD Burman to take lessons from Milon Gupta.

A fact unknown to many, he was one of the only person in India who knew how to repair and retune the mouth organ. He used to spend every Monday to repar mouth organs for hundreds of his students all across the country. Again unbelievable as it may sound in today's world, he never charged a penny for that.

Milon Gupta has innumerable 78 rpms, LPs, EPs, cassettes and CDs to his credit, most of them being smashing hits across the country. Songs played by him like ''o sajna barkha bahar ayi'', ''Ajeeb dastan hain'', ''Aj koi nahin apni'', ''Zindagi kaisi hain paheli'' and many others sound as if the songs were composed keeping him and his instrument in mind.

The mouth organ, as he always used to call it, became a household instrument because of him and after his death on 18th February, 1995, the instrument has almost faded into oblivion from the Indian film and music industry. A perfect gentleman, who was lovingly referred to as Milonda by all and sundry last played some mesmerising interludes in Nachiketa's (one of Calcutta's most popular singers) a few months before his death, giving the audience a taste of the Larry Adler influence on him. A great cook, a perfect gentleman, our very own Milonda is still referred to as one of the finest soloist this country has ever seen. His music still rings in our years and even the current mobile phone generation has seen his numbers being used as caller tunes, such was his spread. As we mark his 75th birthday, the sweet sound of his mouth organ still plays at the back of every music lover.

(Founder member of Harmonica Club of Hyderabad, Ramakrishna Sabnavees wrote this article based on inputs provided by Arijit Mukherjee, the nephew of Milon Gupta)

Friday, November 14, 2008

chand khila : Piyush Pandya

Recently we were talking about the initial days of our waiting in Parimal Garden for players to come and join the club. One Sunday this scientist like person came and introduced himself as Piyush Pandya teaching microbiology in one of the oldest colleges of the country and took out a very old three folded harmonica, and played a very lovely song " piyu bole piya bole". As one of the trustees of the club he has taken up a great responsibility of representing the team on stage.

He writes....

"Harmonica is the first instrument I fell in love with, at the age of 5! Played upto the age of 27,believing that I was very good!!!!!! Lost touch gradually as got married, had children, became busier with growing responsibilities, etc. Played at college and public performances. Apart from Harmonica, also played Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonium, Accordion,etc, without bothering for the agony of the audience! Picked up Harmonica again in the elite company of the champions like Manohar Vaidya and Nachiketa Desai, with solid support of Tapan Bhatt, the driving force behind all the members of Harmonica club of Gujarat. I Teach Microbiology at local college, with the charge of Principalship as well."

Chand khila...


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hi chal turu turu : Sandip Patankar

"An MBA-Finance working as a supply chain professional. Worked in Ice-cream industry for more than 18 years, Presently with HAVMOR. . Started playing harmonica at the age of 15. with a HERO instrument in 1977 and played in college programme in 1978 – Yad kiya dil ne . Performed in college programmes and family gatherings. Lost touch for 20 years, suddenly revived after coming to know about the Harmonica club of Gujarat. Immediately bought HOHNER 280C .From then every day is a learning experience. Learned a lot from Shri Nachiketabhai ,Chaitanyabhai and from Manohar Vaidya and understood one basic rule from them” no song is complete till it is played with preludes and interludes” I have tried to play this marathi song completely. I have a dream of mastering the art of tounging and playing chords with the able guidance of experts in our group. Already started playing single notes and I am myself able to realize the improvement and change in my playing .." Sandip Patankar.
Hi Chal Turu Turu


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Mithi mithi baato se bachana jara : Manhar Majithia

A retired cotton merchant is full time musician.

He has been playing harmonica since almost 50 years now. He is a very good singer, associated with many institutes.

I still remember the night when he first came to our practice session in Satyam Mall, immediately after the practice session he was introduced to other members and then he took out PAN( beatle leaf ) and offered to the pan eaters of the group me and Nachiketa. From that day he keeps offering and I keep eating. I consume most of his stock.

manhar Majithia ... very sweet person.

Recently we performed in a small gathering of Maharastrian families.

Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu Samaj


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

aaye ye Din Bahar ke : Dr. Khandwala, Kiran Shah

From left Paresh Bhatia, Kiran Shah, Dr. Khandwala and Manohar Vaidya played this melodious number.
Every member of the group has experienced their passion for harmonica. Despite their busy schedules, they are never late in any practice session.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Piya piya piya : Bansi Gujjar

An Industrialist, also known for not only warm but royale hospitality has musical ears. He can play any song. The grand practice is always held at his residence with a small group of music lovers. He has a great collection of music, lyrics and musical instruments too. Very active while performing...

with Paresh Bhatia and Manohar Vaidya..
Piya piya piya mera jiya pukare...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

pyar diwana hota hai

I have been into Diwali vacation mood past couple of days. With nothing much to do on the work front, I took up harmonica and tried playing some long forgotten numbers that I used to play more than 30 years ago. Here is one such number:
Pyar Diwana Hota Hai, Mastana Hota hai

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pal Pal Pal : Alex Lobo

Alex is a qualified Cost Accountant. He is working with the Western Railways. Being one of the very dedicated and sincere members of the club, is always ready to take up the responsibilities. He keeps helping people with his expertise in accupressure. His son Avelon is picking up music now. Lovely person to be with.....
Paresh Bhatia played with him.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Aage bhi jaane na tu : Tapan Bhatt

This song is dedicated to my GURUS (TEACHERS).
Paresh Bhatia, Amjadkhan Pathan, Dilipsinhji Chavan, Apoorva Bhatt and Manohar Vaidya.
Special Thanks to all of them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Maine tere liye : Dashman

Dash, as i mentioned once, is a very soft spoken person plays harmonica smoothly. The committment is seen in his playing. He really gets lost while playing, but very possesive about his harmonica, the other day when I was in his studio, got a chance to play his 280 of Hohner. On the way back , Amjadbhai asked me with a surprise that how Dash had allowed me to play his harmonica, The answer was very simple 'both of us could not resist'. that's all.....
Apoorva Bhatt played the music in this song.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Harmonica Club of Hyderabad Launched

Harmonica players of Hyderabad, who have formed a club, began performing in a public park last Sunday, with the aim of popularizing this tiny sweet musical instrument. It was a small beginning, reminding us of similar beginning in Ahmedabad. We are sure, like what happened in Gujarat, the tribe of harmonica players in Hyderabad too would grow soon. Here are some video recordings of their performance.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Zindagi Khwab hai : Kumarpal Shah

Treasurer of the club Kumarpal Shah, also plays Key Board and Tabla. He plays some very famous hindi numbers on Harmonica. He is also in the advisory board of energy saving.
In this song we experimented with rythm on harmonica. Paresh Bhatia did it beautifully. As usual Manohar Vaidya was up to the mark....

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hello Hyderabad !

Dear Nachiketa Sahab,
I am Sabnavees from hyderabad. We had our take off on 12th October 2008. The venue was Indira Park at the lower tank bund road, hyderabad. We took off with four members. It was from 7 am to 8.30 am. A good number of melodies of Shankar - Jaikishen, Nayyar sahab, Ravi ji & R.D.Burman were played in turn.

It had attracted the attention of the morning walkers. A few came to us & enquired whether we will come again. It was really exciting for us. We gave them the assurance that we are back to the same spot at the same time on 19th again.

On 19th we are adding some more players to the chain. I am very much sure the visitors will increase . Once they know that we are there then the strength will increase by itself. I have already sent a mail to Mr reddy to give us a coverage. he has agreed for 19th programme.

Herewith the photograph taken just after finishing the programme. looking from left to right. 1. Mr Mahender Gala, Garments business man having own shop at Kothi. He is a Gujarati & native of Kutch. 2. Its me. 3. Mr A.Raj Kumar, Working in The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. 4. Mr Ashwin Betai, a wholesale cloth merchant of hyderabad. He is a Gujarati from Dwarka.
I request you to kindly post the snap in your estemed site so that the people around the world can have a glimpse of them.

Thanking you.

Your's sincerely,


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

BACK IN ACTION : Nachiketa Desai

This is the first performance after 10 days of his open heart surgery. It is rightly said that ' Music is the divine source of energy '.... in any form.
Phoolon ke rang se

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mere naina sawan bhado : Vardhman Jain

Vardhman Jain is known to all harmonica players on eSnips. He prefers to play with Karaoke tracks. One thing was found very interesting during his participation in the programme, that every member of his family was feeling very proud and happy. His wife gave a lovely introduction of the song with a shayari written by her, his younger son played the karaoke track on laptop...,what an encouragement from his family!!! Truely it was a family performance and a treat to watch him play this beautiful number.
Musical necklace is becoming longer and longer...


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jawaniya ye mast mast: Manohar Vaidya

In Gujarati 'Jawani' means young age and , 'Juwaniya' means young people. In the last post I have mentioned the transformation of senior citizens in to young kids. Here is the PROOF.

Me Kya karu: Chaitanya Desai

When Chaitnya Desai first approached the group he was a very shy person. I swear today he has regressed to the age of 18 years. Without him the group is incomplete. Sometimes when i am alone thinking of those days when senior citizens were joining the club, I ask a question to myself, AM I PLAYING WITH THE SAME GRAND FATHERS WHO CAME WITH THEIR GRAND CHILDREN OR COLLEGE STUDENTS!!!!!!!!!!!
Honestly speaking all of us have regressed to the age of 18 years!!
I sincerely thank all the senior players for making the club alive with their love and blessings.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Launch of Harmonica Club of Hyderabad

We all wish good luck to the official launch of Harmonica Club of Hyderabad on 12th of October 2008.
The dream has come true with the sincere efforts of Mr. Ramakrishna Sabnavees and all his friends.
Isn't this wonderful, that such a small pocket size forgotten musical instrument has brought so many lovely people from the musical world come closer to each other.
This has been made possible only because each one of us has a common interest in playing and making the world realize the sweet little place of this instrument known as 'Harmonica' or ' Mouth Organ'.
Let us pray to the Goddess Saraswati, to bless all the members of Harmonica Club of Hyderabad for their contribution to the instrumental music.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Jeena Yaha : Apoorva Bhatt

Apoorva Bhatt played the famous violin pieces of this song on harmonica. He has been trying this for a very long time, though not satisfied fully with his own performance!! For us it was a musical treat with a lesson.
He always tells me ' Try to play better than last time '. The only way to improve....
'To blow a mouth organ and to Play a mouth organ' both are different activities... Rightly said by Piyush Pandya.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Never on a Sunday : Mrs. Rohini Jhala

The only lady of the group played a very famous number. She was a proud student of The Legend, Mr. Damari. She has been playing harmonicas since almost 50 years now.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Yaad kiya dil ne

Apoorva Bhatt, Yogesh Joshi and Manohar Vaidya.
Yogesh Joshi is very passionate about his music, joined the club recently. Welcome to the Harmonica Club of Gujarat...

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Jaise Suraj Ki : Teacher and Students

From left Paresh Bhatia, Rishin, Amay and Devansh welcomed the audience with 'Jaise Suraj ki'.
Rishin and Amay have been playing harmonica for two months only.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Music brings good people together

It was our great pleasure to have Abe Thomas and Steve with us in Ahmedabad from 25th to 27th September 2008. From the airport we went directly to host Bansi Gujjar's residence, where we were to practice for the next day's programme. Before a small group of music lovers Abe played 'lag ja gale' and won the hearts of everyone present there.
Next day Presh Bhatia and Manohar Vaidya took them to 'Akshardham' and 'Gandhi Ashram'.
Abe was able to mesmerise the crowd with his style of playing. I would like to quote what he has written without his permission...
'Dear Nachiketa-bhai and Tapan-bhai...,
What great passion you all have... and what great pleasure to get involved with your group. A week after a by-pass surgery... and Nachiketa-bhai, it is great to see you playing the harmonica... Music surely has the power to heal...
Steve and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there and hope to return to Ahmedabad next year to continue our musical relationship.Thanks for arranging our stay at Gandhi-ji's Ashram. There is some incredible energy I cannot describe in words!...Kind regards, Abe'


Lag Ja Gale


All of us celebrated the beginning of a never ending relationship.

"As a scientist, I am convinced that the nature functions as a rhythm whether it is a rhythm of the heartbeat, movement of electron in orbitor the high/low tides of the sea. Everything is rhythmic and musical"

- A P J Abdul Kalam, President of India. Feb, 1, 2006.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sandy the Sailor

I met Sandeep Singh, known among his friends as Sandy, on the Internet in 2006. In fact, it was he who introduced me to and told me to post my harmonica numbers on the Internet for everyone to listen to.
He has been a sailor for a number of years and is currently doing his post graduation in management from IIM-Bangalore. "A globe trotter and a nature lover..believes in developing sustainable environment for a healthy and prosperous life..." that's how Sandy likes to describe himself.

When insisted to tell more about himself, Sandy says: "sandeep kumar singh...from bhubaneswar orissa...worked in mahindra and later moved to the sea to see the some real lessons about life from the lonely oceans and have come back to start afresh...doing my MBA now and hope to do great things in life..picked up the harmonica when i was 15 or idea what a scale is ..but can manage to play a few teacher: my ears !!"

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Second Inning : Return of Khare

One more surprise to all the vadodara harmonica players is that I also met and spent a great time with Chandrashekhar Khare. He used to be one of the finest players of Vadodara and he frequently visited Mr Fadnis with Apoorva Bhatt. After coming in to contact with harmonica club of Gujarat he has started playing the harmonica again and may be this is the first video I could take of his second inning. Both of us visited Mr. Prasanna and Mr. Thomas where he shared his views on music. He has been a very good Tabla Player also.
Last thing he told me before I left him was that it was a very memorable day for him. He could not believe that for almost 4 hours he was discussing only on harmonica and his old friends in Vadodara after 12 YEARS.
Yes, I did meet THE LOST GEM.

Papa kehte hai