Born: March 8, 1929
Died: July 14, 2010
The name Manohari Singh, in a way, needs no introduction. Music lovers, both connoisseurs and common listeners, thronged to listen to the mere sound of his instrument playing especially during stage shows of late 1990s and early 2000s. Be it the Saxophone, Concert Flute, the Clarinet or the Mandolin, there was always a magical charm in the way he played those instruments. There was unanimous agreement about the man's extra special expressions, amazing breath control and inimitable tone of instrument playing.
Manohari Singh or Manoharida, as he was fondly called, was one of the long-serving musical pillars of the Hindi Film music world. His artistry revealed a very accomplished level of panache, the uniqueness of which, arguably, made him the best Saxophone player in the country. It is no wonder that audiences were constantly wooed by this man's incredible talent.
Manoharida came to Bombay in the year 1958, making his debut in the back-ground score of SD Burman's 'Sitaaron Se Aage' in the same year. Of Nepali origin, but in India for practically all his life, young Manohari moved to Calcutta in the 1940s and took up music, originally playing the flute in a brass band. It was during those times that he was noticed by music composer Salil Chowdhury, who offered him to come to Bombay.
Born in a family of musicians, Manohari Singh grew up watching his father and uncles play in night-clubs and films in music studios. After trying his hand at the Concert Flute, the Clarinet and the Mandolin, Manohari Singh finally chose the Saxophone as his forte. Making his way up with his passionate and stylish playing, Manoharida later reached the heights of glory that few musicians could only dream to achieve.
Manohari Singh also remained an extra-ordinary arranger, jointly lending his decorative skills to most of R D Burman's music scores.