Ajay Madan says, “To present Music as it is…..is a challenge !”
Ajay Prabhakar Madan , popularly known as AJAY MADAN in live shows industry…I met him several times but recently when we met for a concert in Willingdon Sports Club, we had a talk with him in length. Ajayji is one of the famous name in live shows industry who is a femous guitarist and conduct the entire music orchestration.
Ajayji born in Girgam,Mumbai and had his schooling at Aaryan education soc.school.
His Father was music lover..But he never learned music..as a passion he use to play flute. He was a member of Rastriya Seva Dal and he was active in Kala Pathak of that organization.He worked as a prompter in dramas. And Ajaybhai remembers his father prompting Dada Kondke in one of the marathi drama
In school times his father gifted him a music instrument called Bulbul tarang. Ajayji learnt it very soon and in short time he became famous in school functions.
In college days too, Ajayji was popular for playing Bulbul, but still it was not his destiny.
Ajayji’s elder brother was also music lover and he had a Christian friend who had a guitar. Those days it was not financially possible to buy a guitar for Ajayji, but he had tremendous attraction towards it. .Ajayji requested his brother and borrowed that guitar for few days. He bought some charts from music shop in Fort. He started understanding those charts and experimenting..Wow!!! He could do it. Eventually he bought one guitar and started playing it efficiently. Surprisingly he never learnt it from anyone.
After college days he shifted to CGS colony Antop Hill. Athough he was working that time,his first love was Music.
In those days Orchestra was a seasonal affair. In Antop Hill there was an orchestra “Bombay Nights Orchestra”. Ajayji approached that group and requested them to take him as a musician. They also welcomed him as till that time they never had that instrument in there group. Ajayji learnt a lot during those days.
Later he joined other music group of Mr. Jugal Kishor’s brother “Jaishree Orchestra” .
Till now he was little famous in that industry and he understood the importance of learning notations for future prospects.
He never learnt playing guitar but learnt reading notations from his first Guru Shri Shyamkant Paranjpe.
And this added knowledge, opened many new doors for him.
Jhon Devid one of the organizer use to organize few vintage songs shows of 60s n 70s. Being a knowledgeable musician who can read notations he was asked to lead the music arrangement.
In 1980-81 he joined Music Director Ram Laxman as a sitting member.
1986 joined the famous music director duo Kalyanji Anandji group .With Kalyanji Anandji he got an opportunity to perform with many celebrities’ and their famous abroad tours which includes the very populour “Jummma Chumma in London” with Shri Amitabh Bachhan and Little Wonders.
Anil Mohileji use to be the music arranger for Latadidi. But once she was suppose to perform for an organization called Hridayesh Arts. This time Anil Mohileji said he won’t be able to do the music arrangement for that show, but he will ask Ajayji to do so. It was a golden opportunity for Ajayji .When Latadidi came for the rehearsals Ajayji introduced himself as,”Namaskar! Main Ajay Madan”..immediately Lataji reacted,“Main aapko jaanti hun”…(“Yes I know u.”) Ajayji said that it was the happiest moment of his life.
Later on in 1994, Lata Mangeshkarji asked him to join for her show with Bhupen Hazarikaji in Aasam .Since that day Ajayji remained an integral part of her shows till Latadidi stopped doing live shows.
He was also associated with a Music Group, for 13 long years, popularly known as KEEP ALIVE.
I asked him, ”Sir, What do u think about the feature of Hindi Live shows?” ..His answer was clear…
“Prashant ..Enjoy this time. Because no one will get this kind of sitting audience appreciating, sending farmayish, asking for once more in future. This is possible only for the songs till 1990s”.
But I asked him,” There are many youngsters who make their own music for these old songs. What about them?” He just smiled and said , “Banane walon ne aisa kamaal ka banaya hain ke original jaisa hain waisa agar aap 90% bhi baja sake to zindagi safal hain.Naye logon se kaho ,agar naya music banaya hain old song ka to uski dhun(tune) bhi badlo…dekho koyi suntan hain kya?”
We were about to start our show…so Ajayji went on the stage and started giving instructions to his team..
I thought let me share these things with you…I know you guys will appreciate such outstanding musician as Ajay Madan..