Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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
Monday, December 15, 2008
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
Truly he is full of surprises!!!
Pukarata Chala Hu...
Friday, December 12, 2008
Rupesh Plays it really well...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Amjad Khan, pal pal dil ke paas...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
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'.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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
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
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
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
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
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Pyar Diwana Hota Hai, Mastana Hota hai
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Paresh Bhatia, Amjadkhan Pathan, Dilipsinhji Chavan, Apoorva Bhatt and Manohar Vaidya.
Special Thanks to all of them.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
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
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Phoolon ke rang se
Monday, October 13, 2008
Musical necklace is becoming longer and longer...
Saturday, October 11, 2008
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 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.
GOOD LUCK TO THE HARMONICA CLUB OF HYDERABAD.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
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
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Yogesh Joshi is very passionate about his music, joined the club recently. Welcome to the Harmonica Club of Gujarat...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Rishin and Amay have been playing harmonica for two months only.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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
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 world..got 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 16....no idea what a scale is ..but can manage to play a few songs..my teacher: my ears !!"
Sunday, September 28, 2008
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