Artist 21 week 2012 : ASHOK BHANDARI……..


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 

Harmonica school:
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?”

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” 
― 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 

love all.

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name the unnameable

“Music . . . 
can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” 
― Leonard Bernstein

music ….. 

is part and parcel of cosmic existence and with sensitive ear and soul we can appreciate this music which many name and communicate as OM , ALLAH , GOD or name of their choice ….

love all.

(c) ram0ram …… freedom to right copy and share

Artist : 20 week 2012 : Padmini Rao

listen to playlist ….link for this fine and divine music ….

Padmini Rao studied under Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, the Dhrupad and Rudra veena maestro. She received her master’s degree in music from SNDT University in Mumbai, India, under the guidance of Padma Bhushan, Dr. Prabha Atre. Padmini has been Dr. Atre’s student for over 20 years. Her music is thus a blend of two of India’s most enchanting musical streams: the dhrupad and the khayal.

“Refinement was the keyword of Padmini Rao’s performance…The Meera and Kabir Das bhajans testified to her pursuit of superior aesthetics.” Lalithaa Krishnan in The Hindu, August 25, 2006.

“Padmini Rao sings with her heart and her passion flows deep from her voice.” The Hindustan Times, Bhopal, March 28, 2004.

“Rao, who has been described as one of the most promising singers of the Kirana Gharana, has become a global ambassador for Indian classical music.” The Hindustan Times, February 20, 2004.

“Padmini Rao is now acknowledged as one of the most gifted voices to emerge from the Kirana gharana, a style that has produced such legends as Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai Hangal.” – Suchitra Lata in The Hindu, July 18, 2002.

“Several young students have benefited from her [Dr. Prabha Atre’s] guidance.Among the shagirds, ….. the youngest of them all, Padmini Rao has matured as a concert performer over the years.” – Mohan Nadkarni in his book “The Great Masters – Profiles in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music”, 1999.

“Padmini can be depended upon to carry forward the legacy of Dr. Prabha Atre. She has a rich and melodious voice. Of special interest are the cascading patterns of her “taans” in the drut mode”. – From ‘In the Footsteps of the Guru’ by D. P. Burde in Canara Union, August 2002.

Padmini Rao has kept her musical passions alive by performing regularly all over the world. Priyadershini S in the Hindu, 4th Oct 2010

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magic of music

Saturday is my day of music ……as such all days are days of music only …. as this picture saw on facebook …..reminded me the purpose of music….that is oneness with everything …music is a wave length …..and as oneness of sound and silence increases …so increases the ability to converse with first humans……

then with animals…. , 

then with trees….. , 

then with nature…. 

and then with every atom……. 

and finally with at OM or the oneness with cosmic divine ……we may refer as OM, ALLAH, GOD or name of our choice …..

so will list a Indian  raga with finest masters of Indian classical music and some pictures where ….we will see the magic of music ….

Love all.

(c) ram0ram …….freedom to right copy and share