Ashok ji has been playing the harmonica since early seventies. It’s almost forty years now. He was inspired by Late Shri Milon Gupta (Milon da) and Shri Madan Kumar….. the legends..
.When asked why he fell in love with the harmonica, he says that it (harmonica) is the sweetest instrument. It is very challenging to play the harmonica because one can’t know what is happening in the player’s mouth. Moreover, harmonica is a magical instrument which leaves the audience spell bound.
He sites an example mentioning that he has to take a truck load of props for his magic shows and carries this tiny instrument with him. He always plays the harmonica during his shows and finds that his audience which attends his magic shows is impressed by his harmonica performance to a much greater extent.
Ashok ji’s all time favourite is the Hohner Super Chromonica 270
Ashok ji has recently started teaching harmonica to students at Delhi. He also has a few online foreign students. He intends to promote the harmonica among school students.
He says “Just imagine 400 school students playing the harmonica simultaneously. Imagine the sweet sound of harmonica with so many players. When a few thousand harmonica players abroad can create a world record of playing the harmonica together, why can’t we Indians?”
― Leonard Bernstein
Saturday is date to update my music wordpress blog and face book page ….. music is part and parcel of cosmic existence and with sensitive ear and soul we can appreciate this music which many refer as OM , ALLAH , GOD or name of their choice ….
this week met magician Ashok Bhandari ….. apart from magic he has a magic of music …… heard him play harmonica and it was divine so he is my artist of 21 week 2012 …… you can listen music on facebook page