Anthony Gonsalves The Music Lives On

A musical tribute has been organised by Institute Menezes Braganza for Maestro Anthony Gonsalves in observance of his first death anniversary on January 18, at 4.30 p.m.

Music, good music, is often described as a pathway to the soul. And the golden era of Hindi film music, dating back to the 1950s and 1960s, created many, many such pathways that provided sublime experience to listeners. The mellifluousness of this music has not failed to haunt lovers of good music till date.

Maestro Anthony Gonsalves, a son of Goa, who made the land proud, was one of the countless luminaries, who shined on the firmament of Hindi film music during its brightest period. A musician and an arranger par excellence, Anthony Gonsalves had in-depth knowledge of both Western as well as Indian classical music. His contribution to the Hindi musical classics on the silver screen has been appreciated by one and all ranging from the Melody Queen, Lata Mangueshkar to the late sitar maestro, Pt Ravi Shankar. In addition, Anthony Gonsalves trained a number of disciples like music director Pyarelal, of Laxmikant Pyarelal fame, who later went on to create their own niche in the world of music.

‘My Name is Anthony Gonsalves’, a musical tribute has been organised by Institute Menezes Braganza for Maestro Anthony Gonsalves in observance of his first death anniversary at the IMB hall, on January 18, at 4.30 p.m.

The chairman of the IMB, Mr Sanjay Harmalkar informed that the VCD ‘Anthony Gonsalves, The Music Legend’, a documentary based on the life and works of Anthony Gonsalves as made by Shreekant and Mrinalini Joshi would be released by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar in the presence of the Minister for Arts and Culture, Mr Dayananad Mandrekar on the occasion. It was further informed that the noted music arranger and accordion player, Kersi Lord, who had opined that the Goan musician’s knowledge about resolution of harmony is phenomenal, will also be present for the programme. Furthermore, close associates of Anthony Gonsalves namely Anibal Castro and Ronnie Monserate will participate in the event. Ms Melita Caiado e Gonsalves, wife of the maestro is the special invitee on the occasion.

Mr Harmalkar further informed that dozen-odd songs from Hindi films that were fortunate to have the magical ‘Anthony Gonsalves Touch’ would be performed during the programme. “An exhibition of rare photographs of Anthony Gonsalves has also been arranged as a part of the event,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Shreekant Joshi informed that the documentary, ‘Anthony Gonsalves, The Music Legend’ has been enhanced with additions such as reactions from Lata Mangueshkar and Pt Ravi Shankar on the genius of Anthony Gonsalves.

The event is a fitting tribute to a person who decorated the divine composition, ‘Jyoti Kalash Chalake’, a song set to tune in Raag Bhupali by Sudhir Phadke for the film ‘Bhabhi ki Chudiyan’, with his music arrangement. It is a perfect homage to a genius, who musically designed the song, ‘O Sajana, Barakha Bahar Aayi’ from the film ‘Parakh’ as composed by the celebrated Bengali musician, Salil Chowdhury. And the programme is a salute to the Son of the Soil, who mesmerised everyone by creating a musical masterpiece, ‘Haye re Woh Din Kyun na Aaye’ in ‘Anuradha’ as tuned by the legendary Sitar player, Pt Ravi Shankar. [NT]