Manohari Singh

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Manohari Singh (March 8, 1931 – July 13, 2010) was an Indian saxophonist and a key member of Bollywood film composer Rahul Dev Burman's team. He died after a cardiac arrest on July 13, 2010 in Mumbai.

In addition to playing the alto saxophone, Manohari Singh was also the music assistant and arranger for R. D. Burman. He has played the saxophone in many R. D. Burman compositions. He played in the well-known hit "Gaata rahe mera dil", composed by S.D. Burman, from the movie Guide. He has also played for songs in the recent movies Chalte Chalte (2003) and Veer Zaara (2004).

Born in Kolkata in a family of musicians, Manohari Singh watched his father - originally from Nepal - and uncle play in music studios for films and in night-clubs. After trying his hand at the English key flute, the clarinet and the mandolin, Manohari Singh finally chose the saxophone as his forte. His first break was in 1958 with Sachin Dev Burman as a saxophonist for the movie Sitaron se aage. He has also released an album titled Sax appeal containing saxophone renditions of various Hindi movie music tracks

Manohari Singh is said to deeply cherish his gold-plated Selmer saxophone (bought in New York in 1969) and tries to avoid getting even his own finger-prints on it .

He was felicitated at Tilak Smarak mandir,pune on 31 st October 2004 at the hands of another noted music personality Shamrao Kamble by Panchammagic group. (www.panchammagic.org)

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