The team from Whistling Melodies are unusual performers – because they whistle and sing into their audiences’ heart.
“Earlier whistling was considered taboo. But we are finding more and more takers!” says Manoj Karam, who is a part of this group of passionate whistlers. These whistlers hold interesting corporate and diverse day jobs which range from marketing to game theory testing! “For us, it’s a passion and we whistle to give this art form which was visible in 3000BC much respectability.”
While they may have performed at prestigious events like the Kalaghoda festival in 2009-2010, they like to perform at different kinds of audiences. “We recently performed for the Chinmaya Mission where the theme was Bhakti and Shakti – Bhajans and Patriotic Songs! A true testimony that whistling has come a long way.”
For Powai Pulse, what they have lined up is a mix of old and new songs. “The classics are always in vogue and will always hold the audience no matter what. We also have lined up a lot of contests, interactivity with the audience and also a way to teach some of them how to whistle. No matter what age, the audience even till date is fascinated by whistling!”
The prep for any performance is exhausting. Like the team shares, “The amount of energy used in whistling is 6 times more than that of singing.” Given their full time jobs, they practice by themselves and before a show over the weekends. “The volume of performances has only jumped multiple times since 2007 and that is a true reflection of the change of mindset!”
Also with multiple competitions coming into play, some of these whistlers are also part of the Limca Book of Records for maximum number of whistlers whistling “Sare Jahan se Achha” in unison and some of them have performed at the International Whistling Convention and brought laurels to India
The very first edition of the Powai Pulse will be an exceptional shopping experience, and exciting food options and cultural performances; all of it which will transit into a night market and a musical evening. The visitors can look forward to some live music too! The proceeds of two-day event organized by Secure Giving Events will go towards programs supported in the areas of Education, Health and Community Development.
Date: 25th & 26th Feb’ 17
Time: 11 am to 10 pm; (Music performances between 5-10pm)
Venue: The Terrace Gardens at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel & Lakeside Chalet.
Contact: Secure Giving Events at 022 -65334428
ABOUT WHISTLING MELODIES
Manoj works as an Assistant General Manager with the Tata Group in Mumbai. A Computer Engineer by profession , Whistling for him is second only to breathing and he has showcased this unique Art at many Indian and International events.
Sharad works as an AGM Iin a Powai based Oil & Gas engineering company. Whistling has been a passion since childhood and “Whistling Melodies” has provided him the perfect platform to showcase his talent.
Farooque Baig works as Associate GM Electronics in one of the leading Media companies. Singing has been a passion since childhood. He is learning to whistle in the company of “Whistling Melodies” group’s Whistlers.
By profession Uday is an instrumentation engineer. Completed 2 yrs of diploma in light music from Bombay University. Whistling has been a passion since teenager & being inspired by father.
- Aditya Kothari
Aditya Kothari, a marketing professional having abt 15yrs of work exp. in Brand communication and Retail. Currently working with Lifestyle International Pvt.Ltd. as DGM Marketing for West Region
- Priyanka Kher
Priyanka Kher works as a Game Tester in Ubisoft Pune. It’s been 10 years she has been whistling. Music has been her passion since childhood.