It is his passion to make music with meaning

It is his passion to make music with meaning

One spots an old triangular xypholone kept vertically between a sofa and a stool at the residence of Yugesh Bhasin. Within no time, the self-employed 56-year old businessman pulls it out and starts playing. As his sticks fall on the metal plates, his right leg taps rhythmically and he adds lyrics to the musical notes with Asha Bhosle’s popular number
O mere sona re...

Fond of music since childhood, Yugesh clearly remembers that the first instrument in his collection of musical instruments was an Indian banjo which he bought in “1964 when I was in IInd Std, with whatever money I got on my birthday. There is a tiny shop near Liberty cinema in Karol Bagh from where I got this. The shop is still there,” he informs. Though the shop showcased a variety of other instruments, his fancy was caught by something different as compared to a regular drum or daphli.

“Like the Maggi ad, my thought has always been a little different,” says Yugesh who believes in the power of music as a healer too. “For me, ‘Music  is my religion and music is my passion,” he says simply while taking Metrolife on a guided tour of the numerous musical instruments displayed in different parts of his house in West Delhi.

“In almost every corner you will find a musical instrument. There would be few in the store room too. Wherever I go, if I find something different I buy it because it is fun to play it among kids,” says the man who possesses an 80-year old harmonium and various kinds of biguls and horns. “The latest in the list is the horn which my friend brought from south. Though it is placed in an auto, it makes for a great musical instrument.”

A member of the Delhi Drum Circle (DDC), Yugesh loves to create musical instruments out of articles of daily use. His creation ‘Bartanica - a utensil musical instrument’ is an excellent example of this. “Its inspiration came from my performances at an institute for the special children in Chattarpur. They enjoy music so much that till the time we play, they keep dancing,” says Yugesh who performs at the institute with his son Harit, who has completed his Bachelors in Music.

“I could not learn music since it was expensive in those days. It is still expensive, but when I saw my son’s interest in the art, I encouraged him to pursue it further. Today he has a band of his own and we both play together on various platforms,” says the proud father whose collection is ably-supported by his son.

“He brings something or the other for my collection and so does my daughter who is a fashion designer by profession. Of lately, she got a flute for me,” he shares exuberantly while emphasising that “school children should be taught to make music out of ordinary things. I would like them to play music everywhere, just like they are taught to pray,” he says, eyes bright with hope for future generations.   

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