Thursday, 24 July, 2008

New Bharat Brass Band - Inde: Fanfarre de Mariage

Indian brass bands as they are know today appeared about one century ago and soon became a must in marriage functions among upper, middle and noveaux riche classes, the wealth and prestige of the bride’s father being produced by the size and notoriety of the contracted band. Brass bands are heavily dominated by the figure of the “proprietor” who manages and allocates his musicians according to his wishes and market demand. Unlike their classical-trained colleagues, these musicians, mostly of humble origins, are regarded with sheer indifference, and are paid accordingly by the “proprietor”.

The New Bharat Brass Band of Bangalore is owned by Rama Swami, a former virtuoso of the clarinet. He conducts the Band while his brother arranges and harmonizes Bollywood hit songs for the wedding season. Most of the musicians are outsiders who used to play in smaller bands, although a few of them have hereditary associations with Swami’s orchestra. Half of them have other sources of income.

The selection is a mix of old and fresh themes. A Brass Band will usually play some 15 songs, with a few breaks, most probably repeating some tunes here and there, for a total of two hours. Brass Bands have been using synths, drums and loudspeakers for a few decades in order to overcome all other noise sources like car horns, constant firecrackers and varied sound systems.
The New Bharat Brass Band plays songs from films in several different Indian languages, and sometimes includes some Western tunes, like waltzes and South-American tunes. The Brass Band toured in Europe in 1992. Some say it was a huge success.

1. Hurdaya Jatula
2. Kitenedhino Ke Bad
3. Vasa Prema Dalli
4. Akash Belali Mele
5. Raja Ti Unnay Kanna MeNanji
6. Ennay Yarendre Nee Pakira
7. O Pryia Pryia
8. Chamil
9. Chumma Chumma
10. Kali Teri Choti
11. Manna Dole

Clarinets: S. Ramesh, S. Kumar, S. Murti
Trumpets: A. Antony, M. Channabasavanna, H. Hanumanthappa, V. Ramachandra, I. Sudharkar
Euphoniums: A. Arogoyam, R. Kumar, C. M. Sahib,
Alto Sax: M. Babulal
Tavil: K. Ramdas
Bass Drum: E. Venkatappa
Tap Dhol: A. Jaganath
Side Drum: R. Mustaq

Recorded in Malakoff, France, in July 1992



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Anonymous said...

Very very cool record. Thanks for sharing...

bravo juju said...

Glad you enjoyed this.
Miguel & PSB shared this:
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band: Fanfare du Rajasthan


Thanks to both.

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