Milon Gupta affectionately called as Milon da by his fans popularised cute little instrument harmonica in India. He taught and inspired many harmonica enthusiasts who in turn have been continuously contributing towards the advancement of the harmonica. Apart from thousands of radio listeners all over the country, Milon da’s admirers range from RD Burman to the late Hemant Kumar Mukherjee, who often used Milon Gupta’s mouth-organ skills for the back ground score of their films.
Remember the Hindi film Dosti, in which one of the main characters, a poor blind boy , played soul –stirring tunes on his harmonica or Dost, where Dharmendra conveyed his feelings through his harmonica. Whenever film Musicians needed the hunting strains of the harmonica, it is Milon Gupta’s name that came to their mind first. Being an ardent fan of Rabindra Sangeet he used to commence all his programs with a Tagore song and then sing a popular Hindi and Bengali songs, holding and audience spell bound with the inimitable style.
In 1953, HMV approached him to cut a disc , It was received very well by his fans and he then went on to record 60 other popular tunes. Then Salil Chowdhury invited him to Bombay to play the harmonica for the back ground score of Naukri. Subsequently, he was flooded with offers from renowned music directors. His records were frequently played by Radio Ceylon.
A perfect gentleman, our very own Milon da is still referred to as one of the finest soloist this country has ever seen, the sweet sound of his mouth organ still plays at the back of every music lover.
This project RAMONICA dedicated to MILON DA.