Joginder Pal Sharma (Saxophonist & Cellist): LTO Artist of Week - Localturnon Blog

Joginder Pal Sharma (Saxophonist & Cellist): LTO Artist of Week

You might be in the best of the surroundings but its not complete without Music. And not just any Music but Music that compliments the space. An Artist who’s got two of the most intoxicating instruments in his arms a.k.a the saxophone & the cello to captivate your Music senses. He has oodles of experience in wooing audiences of all types. A most humble & generous Shri. Joginder Pal Sharma is a musician in demand for anything and everything ranging from pool sides, restaurants, wine tasting sessions, weddings, alumni get togethers and more.

Below are the extracts of the rendezvous with a honest humble talented Musician. Read on for they dont make like them anymore!

#localturnon: What is the history to your taking up Music – how did it come into being, your journey?

Joginder Pal Sharma: My Father Late Gyan Sharma Ji was my first Guru ji and I have been brought up in a musical atmosphere and got to learn so many things related to music. He used to make me sit with him at the time of his practice and take out for witnessing the performances. I think its where the Music journey started for me.

#Localturnon: So who are your favourites/icons/role models in the field of music?

Joginder Pal Sharma:I have two role models in the field of music. One is my Father who inspired me to keep on working and never stop the learning process.

Second person was my Godfather in the music industry. Sumant Raj ji he was the Founder President of Cine Musician’s Association of Mumbai and with him I have spent quality time in Mumbai. He always told me to be ready to accept the musical challenges.

#Localturnon: How do you rejuvenate your creative insights / get the adrenalin going?

Joginder Pal Sharma:I always keep on thinking about music, listening it, practicing it, or talking about it. I feel that if you are deeply into something you are bound to get energy for the same. It is very important to be passionate about your work.

#Localturnon: Does your Music carry a message / a theme or a story ..if so can you share more on it.

Joginder Pal Sharma:Yes, I always try to perform with a theme in my mind that largely depends upon the function because sometimes the audience wants to listen to love songs and others want to listen to dancing numbers.

#Localturnon:Of all the performances you’ve given, which is your favourite one and why?

Joginder Pal Sharma: The most important performance of my life has been when I got a chance to perform the Indian National Anthem in front of our former President Shri. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

It was at Mr Sabaysachi’s place where a Piano and Cello set up was being performed and all the guests had their own song requests in mind that they wanted us to perform.

Another one was at Mr Sunil Khanna’s function at Hotel Hayat in Delhi where I was performing Saxophone and Mr Suleman (of Saleem Suleman) was dancing on my retro numbers.

#Localturnon:Do you have any interesting fan stories to tell?

Joginder Pal Sharma: Yes, in one of the performances after the finish while thanks-giving the host told me that he had seen my performance “Aye Mere Pyare Watan” he could feel the love and that time only he decided to book me for his event.

Another time one host told me that they had called up the event company to book me on saxophone but they sent him the videos of someone else so they had to send my photos to them for the confirmation. Its the love and appreciation that I think is behind these episodes.

#Localturnon: Of all the music you’ve created, which is your favourite one and why?

Joginder Pal Sharma:I have created and written music for many plays and ballets. It was an honour when more than 100 students were singing live on one of my tracks.One more to share is when I wrote music for a Republic day Parade and about 100 students performed the same music on Rajpath.

#Localturnon:Can you share about some funny incident that happened on-stage / during performance / with you or the other artists / stage members?

Joginder Pal Sharma:Do not know whether it is funny or not but in one of the performances I was asked to play the theme song from “Titanic” at the time of exchange of garlands. (smiling)

#Localturnon:How has the musical journey been so far for you and what are you looking forward?

Joginder Pal Sharma : Yes, my musical journey has been very satisfactory and successful as a teacher and a performer. I learned many different instruments from different teachers like Indian and Western Flute, Mandolin, Guitar, Israj, Clarinet, Saxophone and Cello. So when I compose or manage an Orchestra I feel Relaxed and I am able to do justice with various different instruments.

I am one of the lucky persons to start my musical journey in the films with Great Laxmikant Pyarelal for “Kranti” in 1980, have spent about eight years of my life in the industry performing for most of the music directors of that time 1980-1986. Had the privileges to work with Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Mr Vanraj Bhatia, Pandit Jwala Prasad, Have performed with Delhi Symphony Orchestra and B.P. Musicals regularly.

When I used to sit behind the violins and play long notes always thought why we cannot sit in front, And suddenly it came mind to play Bollywood songs on Cello and that was the thought which changed my life and became the first Indian Cellist to have more than three hours performance Time.

My aim now is to be in the international market also.

#Localturnon:Do you have any words of advice for youngsters who are thinking of getting into this line ?

Joginder Pal Sharma:There is always a pain behind the Gain so get the pain do not go for the short cuts. Just…. Practice, Practice and Practice

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