much loved and well-respected figure in the Bombay film
industry for almost five decades, Enoch Daniels is known
for his great work as a film arranger/composer, and for his instrumental
albums of rendition of film tunes on the piano-accordion.
recorded several instrumental albums, including 40 singles
(78 r.p.m.), 15 extended play records and 18 long play records.
Daniels currently resides in Pune. He continues to perform periodically
and undertake studio assignments in Pune & Mumbai as
and when they arise.
ENOCH DANIELS WITH JAZZY JOE (RIGHT)
Born on April 16th, 1933 in Pune, a historic and bustling city
in the western state of Maharashtra, India, he was raised in a
musical family (all six brothers played an instrument), with religious
and church music playing an important role in his early years.
The presence of British missionaries in the area (Convent of St.
Mary the Virgin, and the other managed by the Cowley Fathers belonging
to the Society of St. John the Evangelist, S.S.J.E.) ensured that
he received musical instruction for the next few years on the
local church organ. He was also keen on percussion, assembling
a make-shift drum kit consisting of wooden boxes, metal tins,
brass plates to substitute cymbals with, a chest of drawers which
served as a bass drum, and a kettle drum. Several years of instruction
under Rev. Father Slade and Sister Gertrude Joy, laid the foundation
for the long musical journey that lay ahead of him.
a student of the Nowrosjee Wadia College in Pune, academics took
a backseat, since Enoch was gaining popularity with his regular
appearances on stage as a performer. The need for a 'portable'
instrument in the relative absence of pianos at venues resulted
in the purchase of a piano accordion, an instrument which was
received well by audiences. The accordion was a relatively unknown
instrument in India at that time, and Enoch was the first exponent
of this instrument in India. In 1953, he was selected to represent
Pune University at the All India Youth Festival in New Delhi.
This event exposed him to a wider audience, and brought him to
decide that it was music that would be his profession of choice
from then on. Disbanding the idea of joining the Indian Army,
a thought he once entertained, he packed his bags and sought his
future in the film industry in Bombay.
an initial period of hardship, his first break came when he performed
with the Hawaiian guitarist Van Shipley in 1955, with whom he
performed scores of shows country wide, as well as internationally.
Live performances kept Enoch busy through most of the 60's and
70's. He was a member of some of the first Indian troupes that
performed abroad such as: 45 shows in East Africa alongside Talat
Mahmood, C.H. Atma & Van Shipley, with Manna Dey in Mauritius,
with Mohammed Rafi in the West Indies, with Talat Mahmood in the
U.S.A. and Canada, with Kishore Kumar in South Africa; and was
part of the first Indian film troupe to perform at the Royal Albert
Hall, London, led by Lata Mangeshkar. After
a very successful tour of East Africa in 1957, Columbia Records
signed Enoch as a solo artiste.
his performing career, Enoch has been a busy arranger and sessions
musician in the film industry in Bombay. He has worked with prominent
music directors such as S.D. Burman, C. Ramchandra, Shanker and
Jaikishen, Vasant Desai, Salil Chowdhury, Khayyam, Ravi, Madan
Mohan, O.P. Nayar, N. Dutta, Ram Kadam and Sudhir Phadke. Since
1963 he has worked as an arranger for background and film scores.
is the recipient of the first O.P. Nayyar Foundation Award
(2007), the Maharashtra Government State Cultural Award
(2006) and most recently the Sharad Krida Sanskrutik Pratishthan
Award (2008). Amongst his noteworthy films are Kabhie Kabhie, Trishul, Chotisi
Baat, Pinjara and the entire re-recording in stereo of the classic
V. Shantaram film, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje.
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