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 www.esnips.com 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 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

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

Monday, September 22, 2008

Jane man jane man : S J Prasanna

During my recent visit to Bangalore i happened to meet S J Prasanna, known as 'ONE MAN SHOW'. This young music director does not require any introduction in many states of India and abroad. I feel very fortunate to be with him for almost 2 hours.
His unique feature lies in not only playing ten different instruments of different kinds, but also playing SIX instruments at a time. He has won the prestigious 'ARYABHATA AWARD 2006' for his outstanding service in instrumental music. In 2007 he was honoured with 'CHANAKYA ACHIEVER' and 'JAY PRAKASH NARAYAN'Awards for excellence in music. He is also a recipient of 'RASHTRA RATHNA','VIVEK NIDHI', 'SARVARNA KARNATAKA RATHNA' and many more...
He is a founder and principal of 'VEENA SCHOOL OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC'.
Prasanna was very keen on organising a grand show on Harmonicas , where he intends all harmonica players from different parts of country to be on one platform performing for peace and love. His smiling face justifies his name Prasanna.
The members of harmonica club of Gujarat wish you a grand success in your career as a music director and will also look forward to have a very long term association to make this tiny instrument known to the world again.

Aha rimzim ke ye Pyaare Pyaare

Friday, September 12, 2008

Dil loot ne wale: Chaitanya Desai

Retired SBI manager picked up harmonica almost after 40 years. I would like to narrate a small incidence about him.
Very very long back when he was in the college, he happened to meet Manohar Vaidya through a common friend. They talked about their interests in music and one thing was common, The Harmonica. Mr. Vaidya used to play harmonica in college functions but Chaitanya Desai being shy never played on a stage. After his graduation Chaitanya Desai joined the SBI and got married. In his busy life he forgot his music and Mr. vaidya too...
When we used to practice in the public park he used to come there and stand very far and watch us play, never came and talked to us. After three weeks, when he could not resist himself, he approached Nachiketa and softly took out his harmonica. I was out of town that day and i still remember Nachiketa called me on my mobile and asked Chaitanya Desai to play a song. While he was playing the song Vaidyaji arrived and believe me Desai recognising his old friend and jumped out of joy and called Vaidyaji by his name and everyone was surprised to see two lost friends meeting after such a long time. Today they are leading the group.
Such a small musical insrument has broght both friends together again and dear friends, they are worth watching when they are in real mood......
Long live their friendship.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Star is born again : Abey

'The Star is born again'. Yes, this is Abey, son of our great friend Abe Thomas. The name Abe Thomas is known to all the Harmonica players across the globe. A real good harp player has been providing a lot of information on harmonicas. Abey like his daddy, is trying to play the lovely Alto Single made by Suzuki. I am sure one day he will turn out to be one of the greatest players of harmonicas. All the members of Harmonica Club of Gujarat convey love and best wishes to this lovely little boy.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tara vina shyam mane : Kshitija

When i met her for the first time in Vadodara, she really surprised me with a song 'Tadap Tadap' , one of the most beautiful compositions of Mr. Ismail Darbar.This telented little girl played a gujarati garbo ' tara vina shyam mane ekaladu lage'. She was very keen on playing this particular song during her visit to Ahmedabad. Mr. manoj Joshi a very famous film actor was invited in this programme.