Musician who’s among the many few to play novel instrument tells us about his enchanting journey
It’s fairly uncommon to come back throughout somebody with a fascinating life story that revolves round music. Making it even rarer is the truth that the individual performs a novel instrument and has finished so professionally for over 17 years. We spoke to the accordion legend MB Prakash (73), one of many few within the metropolis and nation about his superb journey, being self-taught, and his tryst with the accordion.
Excerpts from the interview.
The fantastic thing about Basavanagudi
I lived in Ranga Rao Street, Shankarapura at Basavanagudi that had 4 accordionists simply within the first part of that street. Listening to them play as I returned from college was a typical incidence. Extra so throughout my summer time holidays, after we would return residence late after taking part in. Late in these days means 7 pm not like at this time. Bangalore was quiet and the climate nice, so home windows have been often stored open. Whereas strolling again residence, I may hear folks play and a few even performed close to their home windows. The music and the instrument left an excellent impression on me and this could possibly be thought of the start line of all of it.
A Rs-3,000 accordion when petrol value 70 paise!
I began taking part in harmonica and as a result of my migraine, I used to be requested to offer it up so my father requested me if I used to be interested by taking part in the rest, that’s once I picked accordion. My father wasn’t proud of the worth and make of accordions right here.
That’s once I learnt that my father’s cousin was coming from England. I used the most cost effective technique of communication known as
Rs 10 per programme
I couldn’t discover a instructor to show me the accordion. My father obtained me a piano tutor, by way of whom I learnt the fundamentals of musical notations (from a ebook as nicely), primarily based on that I learnt to learn music and play. I represented my school later in fests and emerged as a protect winner. Again then there was one thing known as the youth programme on
A month later I obtained a letter from AIR on behalf of the President of India asking me to play. I performed about 10 programmes and for every, I used to be paid Rs 10 on an
The primary present
Publish that I needed to take up a occupation due to which I couldn’t play for about eight years. Someplace round this time curiosity shifted to piano however a lot of my mates put their youngsters in my tutelage to be taught piano. Instructing took away all my time and I needed to dismantle the piano. However issues obtained me again to accordion. I obtained a request from Bangalore Faculty of Music to play for French Bastille day at
Devices over time begin giving bother too; the usual accordion I carry makes use of 450 reeds and weighs 11 kilos. I don’t get some materials and a few of it is vitally costly. I had nobody to assist me out both
–MB Prakash, musician
Hit by actuality
Dev used to play on the erstwhile resort Ashoka in a band, they wouldn’t at all times be employed and would run in need of funds and so forth. Being a buddy, I supported him however issues began falling aside from him, he lastly discovered a gig in Mangalore. He requested for bus cost to go there on a Saturday morning and left. However the bus he was travelling was concerned in a tragic accident the place about 40 folks handed away. This incident affected me quite a bit.
The leap of religion
My youngsters have been nonetheless learning, unsure earnings and all that was occurring in my thoughts. I used to be a
That’s when the possibility to play on the
From an period when strolling residence included passing by at the very least 4 accordionists in a lane in Basavanagudi, to a time when the instrument is performed simply by a couple of within the metropolis and even the nation
—Prakash has seen all of it
What instrument is that?
I needed to be self-sufficient in sustaining the accordion and high-quality tuning it. Devices over time begin giving bother too; the usual accordion I carry makes use of 450 reeds and weighs 11 kilos. I don’t get some materials and a few of it is vitally costly. I had nobody to assist me out both. So, I needed to make my very own substitutions. Legendary artist José Feliciano, who I had an opportunity to play for, recognised this. He even sang as I performed, once I later went to thank him, he reached out to me (he was visually challenged) and requested me what instrument do you play? I instructed him it was the accordion and he mentioned it was simply great.
The pandemic pause
I stored myself busy by restoring my accordions and practising my craft. Many artists confronted difficult occasions throughout this era. Artists don’t have any authorities assist, PF or different advantages. The day you play, you earn. I used to be fortunate sufficient as I had assist from my household and my youngsters are grown up now. I lately performed on the Windsor as a part of their fortieth yr celebrations and hope to get again to taking part in repeatedly quickly.