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Amit gave a solo performance in Gandhinagar on March 31. He not only enthralled the audience with his extraordinary rendition of some of the old and popular numbers from Hindi film but also explained the intricacy of this wonderful musical instrument which was made popular by music directors, Salil Choudhury, Shankar Jaikishan and OP Nayyar.
“Accordion is a folk instrument of farmers of Italy. It was developed from harmonica or mouth organ so that one could sing along while playing the instrument,” he revealed.
Amit was fascinated by the instrument when he saw the accordion of his uncle when he was a child. “I decided to learn the instrument at the very first opportunity. I bought a second hand accordion in 1994 when I got my first salary,” he says.
He took lessons from two accordion players of Pune who had also played in the film industry. “However, I realized that I need to learn western music and staff notations if I wanted to master the instrument. So, I joined a music class in Mumbai conducted by veteran music teacher Cyrus Panthaky,” he says.
Later, when he went to UK he learnt advanced techniques from a couple of accordion players. He also attended the annual accordion festivals.
Here are some of the numbers he played in Gandhinagar.
Dev Saheb is not going to Rest In Peace in Heaven and he won’t offer the God the lead role.
GATA RAHE MERA DIL
I have played today (04th Dec 11) and uploaded this song from his Film “Guide” as a “TRIBUTE to Bollywood screen legend DEV ANAND” who passed away after “ROMANCING WITH LIFE”. He passed away in London at the age of 88 on 3 December 2011 (4th December 2011 by Indian time) due to a cardiac arrest.
Shivang Shastri is 13 year old and he played `pavane`by Faure at NHL Bristol 2011
Shivang’s family is from Ahmedabad. His grandfather was in GEB Ahmedabad
His father is a Doctor living in Brmingham.