Harmonium  is a new and refreshed look to what was until recently, the Harmonium Music Blog.

Things change as life’s journey moves forward, and the website to which this blog was attached is no longer active.  The ideas and passion for what it was all about, still are very much alive and perhaps one day again the Harmonium Music site will rise again.

Until that time, the blog  remains dedicated to celebrating South Asian music.  Here you will find music and writings about music and the musical culture of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.

If you’d like to write to me directly please do so with your ideas, suggestions and (hopefully not too many) complaints.


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  1. Hi Mr H – Only recently came across your blogs. I thought my tastes in music were fairly eclectic but you take the prize there – Sinatra to Poonchwala, how can i compete!. Many thanks for the wonderful posts. It will take me a while to absorb your offerings but i am starting with the Bollywood & Pakistani film industry posts also i have just listened to the Brass Bands Of Rajasthan tracks mainly because i have always listened to Indian classical stringed instruments. What an amazing sound – It sounds like a gumbo of Indian & New Orleans jazz. I would like to discover more about this music. Is it still popular in India or part of a bygone era.
    Again many thanks

    • Hi David, welcome to Harmonium Land! And thanks for the kind words. Feel free to explore. I have a busy life these days so don’t post as often as I’d like but try to keep it updated at least once a week. Sort of depends on what the internet connection is like really and my energy levels. Brass band music is very much alive and well in India, any wedding, or celebration is usually accompanied by such blaring music. Glad you like it. You may want to check out the American band Red Baraat, led by Sunny Jain, an Indian/American who brings this whole sensibility into his jazz. Take care,
      Mr. H

  2. Great blog. I just downloaded your latest mix tape and really enjoying it so far. I am just curious, how do you manage to track so many different genres of South Asian music. Have you done some sort of study on this prior to this? I mean the kind of music you post isn’t exactly the most popular form of music out there, so how do you find out about it. I would like to know because I would like to explore more South Asian music by myself. I promise if you share your secrets, I won’t start a blog to compete with you ;).

    • Hi Dee, thanks for the feedback and appreciation. Not sure how to answer your interesting question. I have always had a life long interest in South Asia having grown up there. My musical tastes in South Asian music beyond some film music, ghazals and sufi music grew as I started blogging about 4 years ago. I have found that as I get older (now nearly 60 years old) my musical horizons are wide and receptive to all sorts of stuff my younger ‘know it all’ self was not. So as I blogged and my network of other bloggers and music lovers expanded I fell in love with all the other forms of music from the subcontinent. And the diaspora of Indians/Pakistanis/Afghans/Bengalis making music in the West is equally as exciting and diverse and rich. So I combined the two together in this second blog a few years ago. How do I kepe up? I don’t keep up as much I’d like to..my study is all informal and usually from articles on the internet or a few scholarly books. No formal study. YOu are more than welcome to start a blog and compete or complement this one! There is no territorialism…everyone has their own vision and approach to this stuff! Glad you’re enjoying the mix tape…more to come over time!
      Cheers, Mr. Harmonium

    • Hey JP. Thanks for that screen shot! I am a big fan of PLEX as well. Though it is an endless rabbit hole that requires tweaking all the time, in terms of managing my library!

      • You’re right about PLEX. What I do is tagging/naming with the excellent MP3Tag, and avoid messing with Plex at all. The drawback is that PLEX does not understand .aiff or .wav tags, so I have to convert those first.

      • Yes, MP3tag is amazing. It’s full-packed with handy features. The two I use often are : rename files according to tags (you can define your own naming patterns), and conversely tag files by extracting fields in filenames. Batch processing is also done in a clever way, only change what you want to, and keep the other tags as is (or delete them), all in one go. it goes to Discogs and MusicBrain for import tags and covers, however this often fails for old indian rare records. It’s Windows software, though.

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