by Chandrahas Charmadi
No doubt, everyone likes the majestic sound of this woodwind instrument. Saxophone…this single-reed mouthpiece has a history of thousands years. Though many new musical items are in the store, Saxophone still stands unique. During the era of kingdoms, the presence of Saxophone artist was must during the cultural events. Even in modern era, Saxophone has got its own respect. Especially in functions like marriage, the Saxophone sets the celebration mood.
If you are fond of Saxophone and want to play it, it is not going to be easy. Along with the knowledge of music, it needs many years of hard work. So, in state, though there are hundreds of Saxophone training centres, many leave in midway as it is impossible to learn. Along with interest, the learner must know about Swaram, Nadam, music, Talam, Layam etc. Moreover, they need enough patience.
For Shreeja, Tulasi and Jyothi , their father Shridhar Poojary is the teacher. The person who earned name and fame in Saxophone, Tabla and many other fields, taught his daughters Saxophone. They even became masters in the art. One can’t forget his wife Rajani’s efforts behind these achievements. These sisters learned Saxophone in the leisure time along with academics, homework, play etc.
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The elder sister Shreeja is 22 years old, who just got married to Harish, after finishing her Bachelor degree recently. Shreeja and Harish both are working in responsible positions in Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project, popularly known as SKDRDP. Tulasi is in her bachelor’s degree and Jyothi is in pre-university college.
Now for them music is not only for learning, but also an earning source! They are known for Saxophone performance. Jyothi can even play keyboard and flute. This year sisters already finished 50 to 75 stage concerts in Mangalore, B.C Road, Udupi, Bantwal, Sringeri and Kasaragod. People identify them as ‘Saxophone Praveeneyaru’. For the special occasions like Ganesha Chaturthi, Sharada Pooje, Gruha Pravesham, Deepothsava, car festivals, cultural programmes, marriage, festival etc they get 2-3 months of advanced booking.
The sisters, who have already finished 1,000 stage programmes, play Saxophone in a different tone compared to men. Moreover, they can play around 30 to 35 songs at a time. Recognising their unique talent, Shri Murughendra Mitra Mandali of Punjalakatte and Shri Ganeshotsava Samiti Laila has motivated them with felicitation.
The elder sister Shreeja says: “As the Saxophone was in home and father used to practice it, we decided to practice this tricky art and save it for the next generation.”
“First of all one should know something about music to learn Saxophone. Songs, Bhajans are must to proceed with the art. Moreover, extreme patience continues effort and commitment is very necessary. With effort mastering the art is not impossible,” says Tulasi. As students, achievement of these students and their intentions are roll model for others.