Sourav Chowdhury's harmonica shades.

Sourav Chowdhury is one of the promising young experimentalist of Harmonica whose tonality has already been widely appreciated and accepted on a global scale. Sourav's own musical voayage started at a very young age of five when he was introduced to Farrukhabad Gharana of Tabla playing by his father Shri Chandan Chowdhury, a student of the aforementioned Gharana. Sourav was introduced to the world of Harmonica at the age of eight by his maternal uncle Shri. Bhaskar Chowdhury who happens to be one of the closest disciple of the Indian Harmonica Legend Late Shri Milon Gupta. Shri. Bhaskar Chowdhury is presently an empanelled artist with the All India Radio. Sourav's initial days of Harmonica training involved hours of practice sessions with chromatic Harmonica under the supervision of his uncle. Sourav recalls those magical hours when his uncle used to explain the subtle nuances of harmonica playing and striking a pefect poise between technique and expression. Sourav considers himself immensely fortunate that he grew up listening to recorded-performances of legends like Larry Adler, Jerry Murad,Charlie-mcCoy,Tommy Reily and so on.These were some of the precious possessions of his uncle, which he received as gift from Lt.Milon Gupta.

Sourav gets nostalgic about those days when he used to wake up in the morning listening to his mother rendering raga 'nat-bhairavi' and after whole day of hectic school and study schedule going to bed with Larry Adler’s harmonica creating the night's esoteric musical scene. In this connection it is apt mentioning that his mother Smt. Munmun Chowdhury is an exponent of Rampur-Sahaswan gharana and is highly influencial in shaping Sourav's way of perceiving music.

Sourav gave his first public Harmonica performance at the age of ten. Since then he has been featured in many prestigious cultural gatherings in Kolkata and places outside coupled with some televison appearances. With time Sourav has grown from a performer of Harmonica to an innovator of the instrument. Over the last few years he is putting his thoughts on a World-music format, which is itself a vast subject to explore.
Presently a doctoral researcher at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, Sourav strikes a perfect balance between his scientific quests and musical explorations. With lot of film, television and audio productions in pipeline Sourav personally feels he is now in his second phase of learning where he is scouring in the realms of World Music. His first audio project “Shades of Tagore” is slated for a gala launch latter this year. Shades of Tagore is a joint venture of Sourav and elite music director Tunai Debashish Ganguly and is framed on the format of World music. Sourav's endeavour in the World Music was acknowledged by eminent Harmonica player Jean Laber when he cited Sourav in the monthly magazine of Harmonica France as the symbol of World Music years back in 2007. Sourav’s tonality has been appreciated by musical giants like JJ Milteau, Yanni, Jia-yi-He and so on.
Recently he is busy with film and album assignments and is trying to strike a balance between recording sessions and own studies with Chromatic, Diatonic and Orchestral Harmonica.


Indian Harmonica Day Celebration 2015

Indian Harmonica Day is  too good for the harmonica lovers and the best part is that year after the year it has been celebrated in various cities across India like Hyderabad,Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Burdwan etc.

Indian Harmonica Day day  or the IHD was initiated during the IMP Meet 2012, Kolkata (Indian Mouthorgan Players’ Meet)  organised in association with  Harmonica Lovers of Hyderabad (HaLoH)  and Kolkata Harmonica Association (KHA) formerly called as Indian Harmonica Association (IHA)  on  18th August, 2012

Harmonica Lovers from various cities feeling like a day dedicated to the harmonica  is the perfect opportunity to organize harmonica concerts by roping in the great harmonica players , also  to encourage new and emerging harmonica players- to build up a treasury of the old and new in the world of harmonica. Music after all is the greatest unifier in humanity and no event is better recognized or defined than by music which defines and completes a perfect human social and aesthetic experience.

Consistently for the 4th year HaLoH team celebrated “Indian Harmonica Day”  on 22nd November 2015 at Prasad Labs Preview Theatre, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. 22nd November was the birthday of Father of Harmonica in India -Late Shri Milon Gupta, who popularized harmonica in India with his melodies and taught to play Harmonica to many Harmonica Lovers. This event was sponsored by M/s NMDC Limited, M/s Agromech and M/s Globion.
Harmonica Lovers of Hyderabad (HaLoH) organized a Karaoke musical nite on Harmonica. The programme was a grand success with grand  audience comprising music lovers from all walks of life Young and old both enjoyed the program equally. The audience enjoyed the performances of all the Harmonica Lovers. They clapped along and enjoyed the renditions.

Chief Guest- Harmonica Jadugar Ashok Bhandari  from Delhi , mesmerised  the audience along with HaLoH members and other guests –Shri Rajeev Srivastava from Mumbai, Shri Sanat Kumar from Chennai and  Shri Tapan Maharana from Odisha.
Those who wish to know more about Shri Ashok Bhandari  may click on the link below....

Harmonica Lovers of Hyderabad Col C.P.Sriram anchored this event

Team HaLoH welcomes  guests.

Shri Ashok Bhandari and Shri Vinayak Bhosekar and Baby Annapurna lighting the lamp

Shri Ashok Bhandari being felicitated by HaLoH.

The joy on the faces of Harmonica Lovers is inexplicable.

HaLoH thanks the visitors and all the members for the success of this programme.

Mobilising the funds :

Team HaLoH performed for Hyderabad Bangalee Samity's BIJAYA SAMMELANI-2015 thus they added  funds to for organising this event apart from Volunteer contributions and sponsorships.


The event came to an end with Shri Vinayak Bhosekar giving the vote of thanks. After this fabulous harmonica  evening -we are all now looking forward to the next IHD 2016.

We breathe harmonica!


Indian Mouthorgan Players’ Meet-2015 , Indore

Indian Mouthorgan Players’ Meet-2015 was successfully organised by Harmonica Club of Indore on 3rd and 4th October 2015 at Indore. 

12 harmonica lovers from HaLoH participated in the event. 

The programme was a grand success with  200 harmonica lovers attending the meet from all the corners of India.
The credit for organizing this mega event goes to Harmonica Club of Indore  team-especially Dr Raghavan Iyengar, Shri Girish Deshpande, Dr Mahendra Agarwal, Dr Pramod Bansod, Mr Sumit Takkar, Mr RS Bankura and Dr Pravin Jadia.

The event was a grand success and the delegates had a real learning experience with fun. The interactive and educative sessions on harmonica techniques, music theory were quite helpful for the delegates. All the delegates also had the opportunity to perform and enjoy each others’ renditions during the event.

Team HaLoH presenting a Momento to the Harmonica Club of Indore.

HaLoH congratulates all the harmonica lovers who attended this festival

Creating World Record at Golden Book of World Records:
On 4th October 2015, 200 Indian Mouthorgan Players created the World Record in Golden Book of World Records. HaLoH Members Vinayak, Ramana, Vijay, Vivek, Col CP Sriram, G Raj Kumar, Karthik, Mahendra Gala, A Rajkumar, Naren Jain and  Avinesh Singh  along with other 191 Harmonica Players across India created the World Record of “ 200 people playing harmonica simultaneously” at Indore during Indian Mouthorgan Players’ Meet 2015 organised by Harmonica Club of Indore.
Mr Vinayak Bhosekar of HaLoH cheered at the venue with the Record Certificate 
On 11th October HaLoH team celebrated this achievement at Indira Park Hyderabad, where we held our weekly meetings.
Photo Credits : Mr Rajesh Goswami-Agra, Mr Nakul Dhagat-Bhopal, Mr Avinesh Singh-Hyderabad

We Breathe Harmonica!