Born: October 22, 1940
Died: December 26, 2015
Percussion has been the back-bone and poignant essence of musical compositions in Hindi Film Music. Percussion instruments like the Tabla, Dholak, Duggi, Maadal, Accordion, Piano and Organ have not only played the rhythm but also enriched tunes with a distinctive melody and harmony. One such percussionist with immense contribution to Hindi film songs in the 60s, 70s, 80s and the 90s was Homi Mullan. Playing percussion in some form or the other, he worked with many music directors that can be said to represent three generations! More importantly, these songs have become permanent part of our lives and continue to be reminisced to this day with heart-felt fondness and reverence.
Homi Mullan was drawn towards the endearing charm of music at the very early age of 20. Starting his initial learning days in erstwhile Calcutta, Homi Mullan moved to Bombay to make a career for himself. Beginning with playing the Piano and the Accordion, he specialized further in percussion instruments like the Duggi and the Maadal. He also learnt and played other unique percussion instruments like the Vibraphone, Triangle, Melodica, Resso Resso, Cobasche, Castanet and the Conga.
Homi Mullan played in a lot of back-ground music for films and was key member of the trend-setting musical team of composers R D Burman and S D Burman during the 60s and the 70s.