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A glimpse of 'Sitar to Guitar' at Anil Mohile musical garden

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
By Raju Vernekar

The huge replicas of the musical instruments like Veena, Sitar, Guitar, Harmonium made of fibre glass greet the visitors to the BMC’s Anil Mohile musical guarden located at Model Town, Four Bungalows in Andheri West, in North West Mumbai, making them curious about the concept behind setting up this garden, in memory of music arranger and composer late Anil Mohile.

The garden was recently inaugurated by Shiv Sena Party Chief Uddhav Thackeray. Mohile, was adept not only in classical music but was also at ease at all genre of music. Thus the garden has been based on the theme “Sitar to Guitar”, with a view to expose visitors to different instruments. The sculptor Suresh Tarkar, who has sculpted these instruments, said that the number of instruments will be increased up to 16 shortly, so that the people are made aware of latent instruments like accordion, mandolin, clarinet etc.

The main attraction of the garden is the magnificent musical fountain and number of colourful lights that reflect to the tune of music. The beats of the music songs are synchronised and different lights are flashed on the fountain water. In the process the fountain and the music appear in sync with each other. In future musical gatherings are expected to be organized here, so that the students are able to interact with musical stalwarts.

The garden stands out since it carries the legacy of Indian music industry, which once used to totally depend upon these age old instruments, before the advent of digital era. Spread over an area of over 9400 square mtrs, the beautifully landscaped garden, gives a green makeover to the area.

Mohile arranged and composed music for nearly 85 Marathi and Hindi films, including Amitabh Bachchan starrers 'Sharaabi' and 'Don'. He and Hridaynath Mangeshkar, jointly worked on many Marathi projects. He was also the arranger and conductor for 115 live shows of Lata Mangeshkar, in India and abroad. Mohile also composed music with Arun Paudwal as 'Anil-Arun'duo.

Mohile passed away on first February 2012, at the age of 71-years. Now his son Amar has been following his father's footsteps and had arranged the music for the blockbuster 'Singham'.

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