Harmonica virtuoso Rohan Singhal has earned the respect of serious composers and music lovers all over the world with his solo performances, playing at Mumbai’s Mahindra Blues Festival 2018, Ziro Festival of Music, Arunachal Pradesh (2019) and performances at various jazz festivals in Goa. Those who attended the Mahindra Blues Special 2022 in Mumbai, would’ve surely seen his knockout performance alongside Soulmate.
In February 2022, Rohan was a part of Padma Shri winner Usha Uthup’s new blues single Wokay on which he played a blues solo.
Rohan has participated in and won at various harmonica competitions like National Harmonica league Bristol, U.K., and the World Harmonica Festival (2017), Germany, and the Asia-Pacific Harmonica Festival (2018), Beijing. He has been awarded the prestigious Preservation and Advancement of Harmonica (SPAH), USA, youth scholarship for 2020 and 2021. He also won the fourth Blues Acoustic Blues contest in India in 2020.
The Indore-based, bespectacled 16-year-old, who is in the tenth grade, has been playing the harmonica (also known as the mouth organ) for the last 12 years in almost all genres from blues, jazz, funk, rock and fusion of western and Indian classical music.
Rohan is looking forward to a scholarship offered by SPAH to visit Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA) later this year to attend a harmonica gathering to which only five youngsters from around the world have been invited.
Verus Ferreira is a freelance music journalist for over three decades, contributing articles to various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book. Besides being a music aficionado, he is also a photo-journalist. He contributes to Musicunplugged.in and has his own column on The Revolver Club, a vinyl music store. Reach him at verusferreira.com