On 21st Nov’2009 6pm-8pm, Harmonica Lovers of Hyderabad Rajkumar Gavvala and I played the harmonica live for two hours on RED FM 93.5, A popular radio channel in AP. Apart from the live harmonica renditions, there was a chat on this tiny little instrument with radio jockey Sunayana(We pleasantly surprised, when we realized that Sunayana ( An award winning movie Ammoru fame) is the RJ for our show.She was a very good child artist in good number of Telugu films and I believe most of the people in AP feel like Sunayana is their family member.The two hours show was finished like two minutes with her mind blowing jockeying skills.
The RED FM 93.5 team was so impressed by the harmonica music, that they requested to play some more songs on harmonica for them after the programme and RJ Sunayana introduced us to her better half Mr Vinay, both are made for each other. Other HaLoH members too enjoyed the live of this programme from their homes along with their family.
A harmonica lover Mr Prasad , An employee of Google India happened to listen our live harmonica live programme in RED FM 93.5 on radio in his car and he was excited to learn that there is an umbrella titled “HaLoH” in Hyderabad which is very active in promoting the harmonica.He turned up for the gathering today on 22nd Nov’09 at Indira park to celebrate the 76th birth anniversary of the harmonica legend Shri Milon Gupta.He told he lost the touch with harmonica over ten years but with a ten hole diatonic he played not less than ten songs flawlessly.HaLoH welcomes Prasad.
The special agenda of today’s gathering on Sunday 22nd Nov’09 at
Milon da’s photograph was honored with garland and shawl by HaLoH members. Since this harmonica legend no more with us the same shawl was gifted to his student and back bone of HaLoH Shri Vinayak B. On this occasion the RED FM 93.5 had broadcasted one more live programme for one hour 8am-9am from Indira park. This was RJ Sunayana’s Interactive session with us on harmonica and HaLoH activities, Mr Ravibabu played harmonica live on the mobile phone through which the programme was broadcasted.This was the one of the happiest moment for the Harmonica Lovers of Hyderabad(HaLoH).
It is our firm faith that music is the language of God made us believe that it is nothing less than a miracle when we received a call from Dr.Rao of GOLD AGE ASHRAM AND HOSPITAL, a home for the aged people since 1979, to entertain the resident senior citizens under their loving care this Sunday, on the 8th of November 2009.These senior citizens had a reason to smile as they enjoyed our renditions on the harmonica. This is the first performance of HaLoH for the outsiders.
As soon as we entered the premises of GOLDAGE we were totally engulfed by the divine atmosphere pervading there and we were possessed by their motto - I Love You, I Surrender to You, and I Serve You.
Our faith got strengthened even further when we realized that we got our maiden chance to associate ourselves as HaLoH with the people who were selflessly serving the inmates as a mother takes care of her own children. Some of them were from families that were well off and their children were reluctant to take care of their parents. Some senior citizens were so sick that their physiotherapist Dr.Rao was surprised to see them tap their legs and clap along with the music that was being played on the harmonica.
Rajkumar Gavvala began our performance with the song… Chinnari ponnari puvvu(means..Oh tiny little flower in Telugu) and followed by golden melodies, devotional songs and few bhajans at the end of the programme as a group we played our national anthem Jana gana mana on harmonica.
At the conclusion of our performance we received blessings of all the mothers present there, which gave us further strength, changed our outlook towards life and we stepped out with a new vision.
Thus begins the Golden age of HaLoH with GOLDAGE.
This sunday, 16 harmonica lovers attended the meeting at Indira Park, Hyderabad. There were some new faces to grace the occasion. They were Shri Nageswara Rao, a retired employee of AP Govt., Jayaram and Ravindra who are students of Osmania University School of Foreign Languages, and Sirish, who learnt about HaLoH through this blog. Another new member Mr Ravi Babu is seen playing DIL DIL SE MILAKAR DEKHO from the movie MEMSAHIB in this photograph. Mr Vinayak accompanied him with his whistling.