Bangalore Harmonica Festival- 2013

Namma Bengaluru!

Bangalore Harmonica Lovers in association with Sonido Musicals organised “Bangalore Harmonica Festival”, the first ever harmonica festival in Bangalore with the sole aim of promoting the harmonica. This event was dedicated to Shri Milon Gupta-The Father of Indian Harmonica.

This day-long  harmonica festival started with the lightening of  lamp by Chief Guest film actress Shubha Poonja, Shri Chenraj Jain, Shri Saket Jalan of Sonido Musicals and the core members of HaLoH Mr Vinayak and Ramana K.

Carnatic Flutist Shri Mysore A. Chandan Kumar came as a Special Guest to this event

Mr Debashish Dutta, seniormost core member of Bangalore Harmonica Lovers navigated the event while Mr Sanjay Datta was the anchor.
There was an interesting audio-visual presentation consisting of various subjects related with harmonica like -Early History and development of harmonica, Indian harmonica history,Types of harmonicas, Vintage and rare harmonicas, World popular harmonica players in different genres..(videos played in the Gallery embedded here for the benefit of visitors of this blog)

Larry Adler

Jerry Murad's Harmonicats

Most popular Indian harmonica players-past and present 

Milon Gupta

Sumanta Basu

Gautam Choudhury

Women in harmonica

Michal Adler

Christeller Berthon

Women in Indian Harmonica

Dr Babita Basu

Children in harmonica

Children in Indian harmonica.


Harmonica recitals started with “Hamsanadha”  a 50 Children's choir from Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir, Vidyaranyapura whose performance left the audience spellbound.

This was followed by Carnatic Classical by Saitejas Chandrashekhar.

There was a short workshop on types of harmonica and routine maintenance of harmonica using Audio-Video presentation by Shri Debashish Dutta.

There was a narration on the versatility of the instrument along with demonstrations by members of Bangalore Harmonica Lovers. Videos showing Symphony, Trio and One-man show were played for the audience. 
 One-man shows were presented by Bangalore Harmonica Lovers Stany Prasanna, Ishan Bakshi, Hari Shankar and Mr Allen Rego.

Later, there was an introduction on Western Music-Blues on Harmonica by Shubham Harnal, "by2blues" Vasudev Prabhu and Anant Menon.

This was followed by a narration on Bollywood songs using harmonica.

There were performances by club members on Bollywood tracks.

Deepak Tahilramani


CM Khare

S J Prasanna


Remaining videos will be posted soon.. please watch for the space! 

Not only was the program Informative and Entertaining but it also involved the audience by conducting an interesting QUIZ by Shri Debashish Dutta on entire day’s proceedings and the winners got precious gifts like Hohner harmonicas, Harmonica Educational books and Commercial Harmonica CDs by popular Indian artistes.

Initiators of Bangalore Harmonica Club Mr Avinash Kulkarni and Mr Kapilesh were honored with flower bouquets.

Bangalore Harmonica Lovers conveyed their special thanks to Messrs Debashis Dutta,Sanjay Datta,Ashok SenGupta and Nidhi Mohta with out whose involvement this programme wouldn’t have been a Grand Success.

HaLoH congratulates Bangalore Harmonica Lovers for successfully conducting the program and wishes them a grand success in all their future endeavours.

We Breathe Harmonica!


Unknown said...

Simply Gr8. Best wishes.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for such a beautiful article.. You guys have also made this a success. Without everybody's effort into the various harmonica groups, we wouldn't have been able to achieve this milestone. A special thanks to Ramana Sir and Vinayak Sir, for coming all the way from Hyderabad to encourage us!