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Harmonica festival is back with a bang

eNarada, Bengaluru, November 18, 2016

It’s time for biggest and most awaited event for Harmonica lovers and enthusiasts in namma Bengaluru as the Harmonica festival is back to enthral the audience.

The Bangalore Harmonica Festival 2016 will be held at Kuvempu Kalakshetra, BIT College on November 19 between 4.30pm and 9pm.

Harmonica Festival, Nov 30, 2014 enarada.com
File picture of Harmonica Festival held in Bengaluru.

For the last few years, the Harmonica festivals have been a huge success in spreading the message to music lovers of Bengaluru, and the country at large, on the richness of harmonica and reed instruments. The festival ensured renewed interest in traditional musical instruments which exploit the inner core of human talent and creativity as opposed to modern digital instruments. Membership of the harmonica club saw a spurt in number of enthusiasts joining the club to nurture their harmonica talent.

The invention of the “wonder instrument” harmonica in the 19th century and its further development and promotion by the reputed musical instrument manufacturer, viz., Hohner, Germany, was probably the best thing that could happen to the world of music. The different types of harmonica are Diatonic, Chromatic, Tremolo (Echo), Bass (Base) and Chord. With a great number of harmonica enthusiasts in Bengaluru, the Bangalore Harmonica Club (TBHC) was originally formed in 2008 by a few like-minded harmonica (mouthorgan) players of Bengaluru with the sole objective of pursuing their passion for harmonica and promoting the playing of this instrument amongst music lovers and enthusiasts in the city. The club has since grown, with the addition of advanced hobby players and beginners alike, and now has many proficient players as members who share their harmonica skills in regular meet-ups.

The objective of TBHC is to promote and spread the awareness of Harmonica to more and more people through exchange of instrumental music lessons, playing techniques and by organising events/festivals to ensure necessary impetus and publicity to this wonderful yet dying art of harmonica playing in our country. The club has recently expanded its scope to include other similar reed instruments such as piano accordion, melodica, clarinet and saxophone which produce wonderful music, yet face a similar threat of extinction, like harmonica, in the face of electronic or digital music.

The club had its first public event on 15th September 2013, i.e., Bangalore Harmonica Festival 2013 which was a success and was well attended and publicised in the print and broadcast media.

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