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.