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Harmony of the Pines

Anuradha                    Music Bands-9

Himachal This Week‘Music is the medicine of soul’. Traditional and folk music is still the favourite of many but rock and hip-hop is becoming popular among youth now-a-days. India continues to produce bands in various styles of rock music, from soft rock and roll and rock pop, to hard rock and metal. Himachal too has plenty of rock music followers providing impetus to the cropping of many rock bands. There are numerous popular bands promoting rock music in the state, including the popular Gogi Band, Solan, Moksh and Deathknell Band, Shimla, and others. Some newly formed music bands are also there including Faith, Pensive Black in Shimla and others. All the music bands-both new and old- have some surprisingly simple stories behind their journey in the rock music. Here are the stories behind some of the popular and budding music bands of Himachal. This week we are carrying out the journey of the band ‘Harmony of the Pines’.

Harmony of the Pines Team:

Vijay Kumar

In-charge

Heera Singh

Music Director (keyboard)

Satish

Drummer

Ganesh

Bass Player

Rajesh Kumar

Lead Guitarist

Thakur Dass

Rhythm Guitarist

Naresh Kumar

Flute Player & Saxophone

Vishal  Sahota

Dholak

Ashish Verma

Electric Drummer

Kundan Negi

Assistant Keyboard

The Police Band

‘Harmony of the Pines’ is a band that originated in Shimla in 1990, though the band came in form in 1996 when the Police Department acquired it while seeing consistently good performances. While talking over phone the band In-charge Vijay Kumar told Himachal This Week that they started their journey in 1990 and faced many problems in the initial stages. “Many people told us that we will not succeed and should leave this field. But we kept trying and finally in 1996 the Police Department acquired our band. Since then we are touching new heights everyday”, Vijay adds. After coming in association with the police department some of our members got employment in the department whereas others are still performing with us as civilians. The band copies the Bollywood style and also provides its assistance to Bollywood singers who come to the state for their performances. The band is continuously giving its performances in so many government and private cultural programmes in the state and outside too. Harmony of the Pines is also associated with charity programmes. Every year they organise an open singing programme at The Ridge Shimla, in which anybody can sing by just paying Rs. 100. The money thus collected is donated to the State Red Cross Society. Vijay thanked DGP Sanjay Kumar, A.P Siddqui (IGP administration), Satwant Atwal Trivedi (IGP Crime), Sanjeev Ranjan Ojha (ADG, Armed Police and Training) and Sunil Kumar (Commandant) for their support to the band. During past 6-7 years, the band has received many awards and accolades.

Awards and Appreciations

*   Chief Justice Kurian Joseph honoured the band as the best performer for the year 2011-12

*   Received performer of the year award from MP Pratibha Singh in 2013

*   The Art, Language and Culture Department honoured the band for the best performance during Doordarshan’s silver jubilee programme in 2010

Performances of Harmony of Pines

The band has been performing consistently since 1996 and has launched its songs on You-tube.

*   Performances in almost all the fairs and festivals of the state

*   Performed in many functions in Rohtak, Delhi, Uttrakhand and Chandigarh

*   Performances in different universities in the state and outside too

*   Performed with various Bollywood playback singers including Hema Sardesai, Sadhna Sargam, Udit Narayan, Javed Ali and others

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