Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Mouth Organ maestro Madan Kumar's tryst with music had begun when he was just 7-8 year old. He was a born genius. He had no guru. He learnt playing harmonica on his own. The life was full of struggle and hard work. He shared his life's musical journey with me through a photo album which I captured for the benefit of all the harmonica lovers.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Taking advantage of the year-ending holidays, I visited Madan Kumar on Christmas. I wanted to take him and his wife out for lunch in a restaurant where we could enliven our 'spirits' by imbibing a few glasses of beer. "The lunch is with us at home. Hope you won't mind having typical Sindhi cuisine," he said flashing his inimitable smile. "I have given up alcoholic beverages for quite sometime now," he added to my dismay.
"Sir, this time I want to learn a few techniques from you which I can pass down to the rest of the members of the Harmonica Club of Gujarat," I told him at the outset. "Sure, I will tell you whatever you want to know. I was glad to see so many young boys and girls taking up mouth organ in Gujarat. The generation next must keep this dying instrument alive."
Sunday, December 20, 2009
yes !! once again The HCG will perform on 29th December between 6 to 7 pm on stage 2.
This time the members have decided to play with karaoke tracks.
15 states, 15 districts, 5000 performers to entertain 15 lac visitors in 7 days.... full of fun !!!
What are you waiting for ????
come on join us !!!!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
It was a real fun and all the players went there with their family members.
The train which we see is the Bajpai Express imported from U.K.
Many queens wanted to get down but the train did not stop...!!
Anyway !!! next time...
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We thought of posting this particular video on the blog, so that guests of our blog can also know the players by name.
Milan shah promised Manohar Vaidya a seperate programme on Harmonica.
I take liberty to inform the guests that in the second week of January the HCG will release an AUDIO CD containing nostalgic hindi songs played on Harmonica. This CD will contain the group songs, solo performances and duets too...
Jiyo JEE Bharke.....
Saturday, November 21, 2009
All the members had practiced very hard to make this surprise item successful and memorable to everyone.
This curtain raiser song was kept as secret by the committee members of the Gramophone club.
Composer, music director and singer Shri. Dilip Dholakia himself was present there with a Gujarati Film personality Mr.Upendra Trivedi. As the song progressed the audiance started clapping and at the end Dilip Dholakia himself stood up and cheered up all the players and their performance.
This time the kids had taken the responsibility to play preludes and interludes with Manohar Vaidya, Paresh Bhatia and Tapan Bhatt.
Tari Aankh no Afini, Tara bol no bandhani......
They promised us a complete programme on Harmonica....
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Madan Kumar is humility personified. Maestros are like that. The greater heights they achieve in their profession, more humble they become, just like a fruit-bearing tree which bows down as they are laden with fruits.
When I called him up to say, "Sir, I am coming to Pune", he said, "Hop over to my place on Sunday." Madan Kumar lives in the central business district of Pune in a studio apartment on the MG Road.
Both his children, a son and daughter, are married. Son lives in San Fransisco and daughter in Mumbai. In their Pune apartment, only Madan Kumar and his wife live. Having spent 60 years playing mouth organ, Madan Kumar, now 67, cannot live without music. So, he has converted his living room into a small make-shift recording studio.
He squats on the ground on a matress, offering me the sofa to sit on. Like a child, he shows me his collection of harmonicas - all from M Hohner, Germany, except one from Hering. Some of the harmonicas have become collector's pieces as Hohner has stopped making them. There is a harmonica with solid silver body, weighing 300 grams. There is a double bass harmonica and a complete set of CX-12 in G, C, Bb, E and F scales.
Madan Kumar has mastered the various techniques of playing mouth organ - vamping, chording, tounging, vibrato, bending notes to be able to become a one-man orchestra. "I have become a sound engineer by experience," says Madan Kumar, who had to give up his studies after matriculation to take up a job in the construction industry as a labour supervisor.
To complete a song, Madan Kumar, while playing the lead, also records on different tracks chords, octave playing, special effects in the form of vibrator and vamping, which he then mixes on a digital editing device.
Past few years, Madan Kumar has been teaching youngsters. "Only if the new generation takes up playing harmonica that this little instrument has any chance of surving the onslaught of electronic synthesizers," he says.
On one of his visits to his son in San Fransisco, Madan Kumar had presented his five-year-old grandson Pranav, a harmonica. The little one, after blowing into the instrument for some time, had kept it aside till he saw his grandpa's video on the Harmonica Club of Gujarat blog recently. "Look, that's grandpa playing mouth organ," he exclaimed excitedly to his dad.
Pranav fished out the mouth organ his grandpa had given him and began playing. "Why are you moving your fingers like that?" the dad asked. "That's the way grandpa plays," the boy explained non-challantly.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I used to play 'Ham Honge Kamyab' song with many mistakes. But soon after the programme I managed to meet Apoorva Bhatt and he immediately invited me to Vadodara promising that he would surely teach me some techniques. And Harmonica got a special place in my life.
Strangers became friends!!!!
There is a long story in between this but some other time .......
Ajeeb Dasta hai ye................
Dilip Sinh Chavan, Apoorva Bhatt, Rupesh Parmar and Amjad Khan......
Friday, September 25, 2009
There was a time when Manhar Majithia used to play the 'sionara song' , meaning the last song !!
Today he is playing in top ten, proving the fact that age has no limitations, if one really want to achieve something. Despite the reality of breath problems, he has brought himself up to this level.
As usual Manohar Vaidya ..up to the mark....
Monday, September 21, 2009
HCG is very proud to have seven such Tendulkars who are yet to be properly introduced to the world of Harmonica.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Silent, sweet, sincere and shy that he is !!!
He has captured a leading position in HCG, without any exposure. Today when we prepare the list of songs for any programme, Aditya is in top ten. All the senior members have accepted this little champ as another Vaidyaji.
' He has the spark !!, mark my words ' -Apoorva Bhatt told me very silently after he played this song.
I must congratulate his parents for their efforts to make him play an instrument which has lost its place today....I am sure these young kids will try and get the same respect back to little harmonicas.
Maang ke Saath Tumhara : Aadiieeeee the little champ ..
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Needless to mention the capacity of these four members of HCG
Very soon we are going to perform in Vadodara with other harmonica members of HCG.
Chavanji, Apoorva Bhatt, Rupesh and Amjad Khan for you............
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Manohar Vaidya accompanied him and truly, the song was a super HIT in Nadiad.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I always feel proud to mention his capcity of writing the notations of any song, in original scale, within a few minutes. His mobile no is 09879048751 just try !!!
He has been training me and the young members of the club.
Always smiling, ready to help and dedicated to the club... Thank you Paresh sir...ji...
Both the coming programmes of 25th and 27th are arranged by him. On 25th the club is performing for a Bengali group and on 27th in Gandhinagar (the capital of Gujarat) , for the IAS officers meet.
Next month we will be performing in a very famous engineering college expacting the audiance of approx 1500 students + staff.
Anyone to join us ??????
Friday, September 4, 2009
Manohar Vaidya plays more than 300 songs WITH music, not only that he guides all of us even when we make mistakes. He would say "if you play like this it would sound better".
" Manoharji, you do not miss a single note, I am really very happy" Madan Kumarji said this about the melody man.....
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
When they started playing the song, everyone present in the hall was mesmerized. Though there was a limitation of sound system, this song created the hypnotic effect in the hall and the musical journey started......
One very important fact I would like to mention here is that, Our Amjadbhai Pathan was having Roja, and all Muslim brothers do not eat, drink or put anything in mouth before certain time, but as he is always committed to the HCG and has responsible role to play in the programme, kept all the rules aside and played for this noble cause. Special thanks to him from all of us.
The Hall was packed with 200 most disciplined, knowledgeable senior citizens.
After the programme we got a chance to see Shri Ram Dasji Maharaj in the Santram Mandir.
Truly it was a wonderful and memorable experience.
Two more programmes are coming up on 25th and 27th. Invitations to all.......
Apoorva Bhatt, Dilipsinh Chavan, Rupesh Parmar and Amjad Khan Pathan
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
And, now Apoorva Bhatt on harmonica playing the song 50 years after the release of the film:
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Very shortly we are going to perfoarm on one stage. I am inviting him to be a part of our next programme.
Harmonica Club of Gujarat will perform on the 28th of August in an old age home known as 'PANKHAR ni Haash', in Nadiad with players from Vadodara also.
Invitation is given to all those, who want to be part of this noble cause...
Monday, July 6, 2009
Look at the group with this lovely couple playing harmonicas and other musical instruments for the, patients and others.
Friends, let us all congratulate and wish them a very very long, healthy and happy life.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Both of them played 'dil tadap tadap ke' song..
Without the real 'TADAP' it is hard to reach this level..
Hats off to both of them !!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Dear Mr. Bhandari,
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
E malik tere bande hum.......
Saturday, March 7, 2009
He popped up one day on my chat window saying, "Kyon Raja Mujhe Pehchaana?". I could hardly believe that Ashok Bhandari, my classmate in Banaras Hindu University, would find me after almost 30 years. Since we left the university in 1978, Ashok had become a professional magician, performing all over the world - Italy, Germany, Japan and Russia.
Ashok found me from my esnips page where I had uploaded some of my mouth organ numbers. He told me that he has been also playing mouth organ in all his magic shows. I had heard Ashok play mouth organ when we were in college. But, he was not a great player then. After almost 30 years of practice and performing on stage, Ashok had become a maestro - a wizard, a magician of music. He is a master of special effects - a one-man orchestra.
Ashok was so much inspired by the Harmonica Club of Gujarat and its blog that he decided to devote full time on playing harmonica. I was shocked when one day he told me that he is giving up performing magic shows and has decided to start a mouth organ training academy in Delhi.
"Mouth Organ is a magical instrument," he says. Ashok has turned this handy musical instrument into a wonderful object of performing art.
Harmonica enthusiasts can call him at 9999333104.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Some people say they left music because they did not have time ??????
Chartered Accountant Sanjay even from his very busy schedule finds time to practice and perform.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Chartered Accountant Sanjay Agarwal from Lucknow, visited Ahmedabad to meet all the members of harmonica club.
He said it was very difficult to locate Milon Gupta's house in Culcutta in those days. When he introduced himself as one of his fans, he was given a very warm welcome by Milon Gupta himself and blessed him with many tips to improvise. Those days he used to teach harmonica to the children living in his area.
Sanjay plays harmonica since many years. He played some beautiful songs. It was a nice learning session. He takes help of his son who has won many 1st prizes in violin concerts.
This little wonderful instrument has made many strangers, very close friends. Hasn't it ??
Monday, February 16, 2009
Rustom has been playing harmonica since childhood. He formed his small band comprising chord harmonica player Nani Sukhadwala and base player Adi Billimoria.
Rustom has played in many Hindi movies. These include Ek duje ke liye, Iman aur Dharam, Aashik hu baharo ka, Chhailababu, Mr. India, Saudagar and Vishwatma to name just a few. Whenever you hear someone whistling in any of the songs, chances are the man doing it is Rustom. Besides playing harmonica, Rustom whistles his way into the heart of the music lovers.
No wonder, Rustom has been a favourite of music directors like Laxmikant Pyarelal, Usha Khanna and Anu Malik who have used his whistling and harmonica playing skills to embellish their music.
"Blow your harmonica as if you are blowing out a candle and see the difference," says Rustom, letting me in into the secret of playing this delicate musical instrument. He had many secrets to share but we had very little time on hand. However, he was kind to play a few numbers and share his experiences with me for almost two hours while sitting in the Gaylord restaurant near the Churchgate station.
Rustom can carry out minor repairs of harmonica, a service he provides to his fans and followers. Though harmonica is his first love, Rustom believes that to play any instrument one must have an ear for music and an eye for details.
Rustom played the popular number 'Lara's Theme' from the film 'Dr Zhivago' specially for me to capture the video for the Harmonica Club blog.
I have also captured a clip of his whistling - but of that sometime later.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Both of them play this song very well with whisteling and the effect of steam engine.
This song requires a lot of stemina with rythemic tonguing.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Hope you are fine.....well, I just made my first Canadian Public Performance today.....had this amazing opportunity to talk to kids and teachers of a school in Edmonton where I played mouth organ and the audience really loved it ( I played "Hai apna dil to awara" on my CX-12).....am sending you some pics of the event...may like to forward it to harmonica enthusiast......hope I will be able to learn and play this instrument in this part of the world......
My regards to the members of Harmonica club of gujarat.....cheers !
Members of Harmonica club of Gujarat miss you. We still remember your unique style of playing harmonica. Keep it up.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
From L to R Amit Bhatia, Het Shah, Rushin Patel, Aditya Chalishazar, Devansh Shah, Amay Banker.
All of them promised for their solo performance in the next programme.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the carnival on Thursday. The event saw many renowned artists of Gujarat participate. We were invited by the AMC and the standing committee to perform for one hour on 30th at 8 pm on stage 5. Almost 1.5 lac people visited the carnival everyday.
History says that Built in 1451 by Sultan Qutub-ud-din, the lake has internal sluice gates and an island garden which is also known as the Nagina Wadi. This is an Urdu word for beautiful garden. Also, the lake has a fairly large number of birds who visit every year. Mughal Emperor Jahangir and Empress Noorjehan were particularly fond of this lake.