Can you name few Indian Harmonium players ?
The Harmonium is not of an Indian origin, although it has been associated with and used in Indian music for a long time. There are many Indian players associated with Harmonium. Some of them are :
1) R.K. Bijapure: Bijapure was an Indian harmonium player who carried on the Hindustani classical music tradition. He was born in 1917 in Karnataka and took his training in harmonium from Rajwade. His first guru was Annigeri Mallaya from whom he also took training in vocal music. Bijapure started his career as a music director and was a harmonium player for Venkobrao Shirahatti’s drama company and later for the HMV Company.
Bijapure was awarded many awards and honours such as the Karnataka Kala Tilak, Rajya Sangeet Vidvan, Mahamajopadhyay and Nadashree Puraskar.
2) Krishna Das: He has 14 albums to his credit. Krishna Das first came to India in `1970 where he studied under Guru Nee Karoli Baba and went on to study Bhakti Yoga. He travels around the world and is devoted completely to singing and teaching. Das has recorded many different variations of the devotional poem Hanuman Chalisa. His Harmonium bears the image of Lord Hanuman.
3) Tulsidas Borkar: Borkar is an Indian musician, more popularly known for his style of playing the harmonium solo and combining it with Hindustani raga sangeet. He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2016 by the Government of India. Borkar was born in Goa on 18th November, 1934 and has a vast body of work which includes many different awards that he has received.