Harmonica lover Shri V.S.Shirali on whom HaLoH published an article recently in this blog, has sent us this sentimental piece of poetry written by him on renouned Saxophone player ShriManohari Singh who breathed his last this week. Manohari da was a guru and guide to many musicians including Shri V.S.Shirali. Many harmonica players follow Manohari da's renditions to play the same music on their harmonica. Manohari da's demise has left many people in film and music industry in grief.
“The Sax is Silent Today” 13 July 2010
You were the Guru and a guide
musicians and singers
loved to have you by their side
As you blew magic into your saxophone
casting a spell with each melodic tone
Your sax made us laugh and made us cry
The romance in your sax made us sigh
Can we ever say you are no more
Even as you have passed through heaven’s door
For great artistes like you
Can never really die
Even though decades may pass by
Your music will live on in every heart
Never to depart
Every time we hear a sax play
We are sll bound to say
East or West
Manohari da will always remain the best
He got his first break in 1958 with Sachin Dev Burman as a saxophonist for the Sitaron Se Aage.In addition to playing the alto saxophone, Manohari Singh was also the music assistant and arranger for R. D. Burman. He has played the saxophone in many R. D. Burman compositions including the well-known hit "Gaata rahe mera dil" from the movie Guide. He has also played for songs in the recent movies Chalte Chalte (2003) and Veer Zaara (2004).
Born in Kolkata in a family of musicians, Manohari Singh watched his father - originally from
He was also awarded with "Memorable Contribution to Music Award" at the Tata Indicom Radio Mirchi Music Awards function held on 27th March 2009.
He also played in a Telugu movie named "Raavoi Chandamama", music composed by Manisharma and Nagarjuna acted in this movie and Jayanth C. Paranjee directed it.
Meet Rameshwaram Bhardwaj, a 36 yrs old businessman from Katni (MP). Rameshwaram deals in computer hardware and its maintenance. His journey with harmonica started in 1995 during his college days but it didn't last long. He developed passion for this instrument 2 yrs ago and started playing again. He likes harmonica because he feels that it is compact and it is possible to play all the notes of his favourite Bollywood songs on it.
Rameshwaram always tries to play a particular song in different keys on a 'C' harmonica. He feels that trying to play a song in different keys on the same harmonica is a good way to practice on a chromatic harmonica. He has four chromatic harmonicas of HOHNER make. They are CX-12, 270, Larry Adler 12 and Super 64. Needless to mention that they all are in the key of "C". His all-time favourites are Hohner 270 and Larry Adler 12.
His mentor is Shri S.G.Helkar, an engineer at BSNL Jabalpur. He has learnt a lot about harmonica, especially blowing/drawing techniques to get clean round notes from his mentor. His favourite harmonica players are Shri Milon Gupta and Shri Gautam Choudhury.
Rameshwaram is a regular follower of this blog and keeps in touch with HaLoH members. He has sent us his rendition and we are uploading the same here. Enjoy his video of the song-"Zindagi ka safar" from the movie "Safar". This popular number was sung by KIshore Kumar and picturised on Rajesh Khanna.
HaLoH wishes Rameshwaram all the best in improving his harmonica skills.
Harmonica Our Passion!
Most of the harmonica lovers must have already read about the Pune harmonica concert which took place recently. I met Shri V.S.Shirali, a fabulous harmonica player at Pune recently. He is one of the persons who inspires me to play the harmonica. After listening to the harmonica played by Shri V.S. Shirali at Pune concert, I became his die hard fan.Here are some interesting facts about Shri V.S. Shirali given below.
Shri V.S. Shirali is a 69 yrs old retired airlines manager. He is a self –taught musician who started playing the harmonica at the age of 4. He gave his first public performanc at the age of 5. He took up the Guitar at the age of 17 and had played with Pankaj Udhas and Manhar Udhas in the early part of their career. He started playing the keyboard after the age of 50 and has performed in many countries as a one man performer.
He was invited by the Indian Association Tokyo
Ironically his first love the harmonica was lying unplayed in his cupboard for more than 30 years .About 6 years back an organisation called Golden Greats needed a harmonica player at short notice. He played that favourite Hai apna dil to awaara and finally started playing regularly from then onwards but never considered it seriously. Then about 4 years ago he got a chance to perform in an acoustic show with the great saxophone legend Shri Manohari Singh who advised Shirali to take up the harmonica seriously as he had the talent and there was a great future for him as a professional harmonica player. After that many shows on the harmonica followed.
The next step was the recording studios with his harmonica. Shri V.S. Shirali recorded the following using his harmonica.
Recorded for an Oriya movie. Singers Udit Narayan and Anurdha Paudwal
Recorded for a private album. Singer Shweta Pandit (niece of music directors Jatin Lalit)
Recorded a track for Ekta Kapoor/Sunil Shetty's yet unreleased movie The Little Godfather,
music director Viju Shah.
Recorded for a Kannada movie.Singers Shreya Ghoshal and Kunal Ganjawala
Recorded for a Thumri track. SingerGaurav bangia (Sa re ga ma pa winner)
Please watch the video attached below.. Shri Shirali played harmonica pieces for a Kannada movie called “Jothegara”, a sensational hit in Karnataka. Music is composed by Sujeet Shetty. The song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Kunal Ganjawala.