Friday, July 16, 2010

An Evening with the Maestro

Living legend mouth organ maestro Madan Kumar was formally inducted into the Harmonica Club of Gujarat as a life member and patron on July 15, with club secretary Tapan Bhatt pinning the club's badge on his lapel.

Madan Kumar has intimate relationship with Ahmedabad. His wife hails from the city. Moreover, he has fond memory associated with the release of his first HMV record linked to Ahmedabad. He was in the town when he learned about the release of his HMV record which had his photograph on the cover. So when he went to pick up the record from a store, the shop owner immediately recognized him and gifted him his own record. It was only when he showed the record to his wife that she came to know she had married an accomplished musician.

"When I appeared for my first stage show in Pune, I was trembling with stage freight. I closed my eyes as the curtain went up and started playing, thankfully shutting my mind to the fact that I was playing before a large audience of college students. The thunderous applause, after my performance, wiped out my fear and I started giving stage performances thereafter," he recalled.

Madan Kumar has a unique style of playing mouth organ. He uses a variety of techniques to embellish his rendition - vamping, tremelo, chording, tonguing, bending. "Play by your soul," he advices his students.

Madan Kumar bestowed on the Harmonica Club of Gujarat a priceless gift in the form of giving the club the right to release his audio CDs under the banner of HCG. The club would soon release the CDs, comprising some of the special numbers by Madan Kumar at a function.



6 comments:

AMRISH said...

yahi voh jagah hai,jaha sab mile hai,
Harmonica ki rah par milke chale hai.
We welcome senior player "Sachin Tendulker" in our club. We proud to be member of the most senior club of harmonica.It is right effort of senior members to bring masters at HARMONICA CLUB OF GUJARAT.Bansikaka always ready to celebrate number of unforgettable evening. BANSIKAKA THAKS .....
DEVANSH & AMRISH SHAH

Tapan Bhatt said...

HCG is the best example of team work.
Thanks to Madanji for making that evening a memorable one and accepting the lifetime membership.
We felt so proud, when he selected HCG to release his recordings.
I want to grab this opportunity to thank all the members of HCG, for their hard work and dedication towards the betterment.
And special thanks to Bansikaka for making us a part of his life.
Many thanks to Sandipbhai also for being ready 24X7 for the club.
Jai ho !!!!

SABNAVEES said...

Its indeed a matter of great joy & pride for HCG to have the acceptance of Madan Kumar sahab as its life member & also his large heart to offer his songs to be released under HCG.

What a great gesture Madan Ji. We are highly indebted to you sir. You are an example of simplicity for us.

Sir I am your ardent fan since my high school days its way back 1960s. Its a fortune for me to meet you in person & talk to you while you were in Hyderabad last year.

Neeraj M. Sharma said...

Dear Dadaji,
You played the harmonica extremely well on the computer. I and my dad liked your harmonica sound 100 %.

I hope you also enjoyed playing your music.

We liked hearing you play your black harmonica.

With love
Your Grandson :
Pranav

Neeraj M. Sharma said...

Dear Dadaji,
You played the harmonica extremely well on the computer. I and my dad liked your harmonica sound 100 %.

I hope you also enjoyed playing your music.

We liked hearing you play your black harmonica.

With love
Your Grandson :
Pranav

apoorvabhatt said...

MOUNTAIN COMES TO MUHAMMAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . !! Thank you so much Madan saab to be a part of this group. I still practise your song " piya tu abb to aaja " on mouthorgan. Many players will benefit by listening to different playing techniques from your renditions. Frankly speaking, I learnt the " throat tremor effect " just now from the 2 clippings posted. Wish you a long healthy life.