by Arun Kantharia
The Sugandhs have earned a coveted reputation as being a "Singing Family". They are nearing their 500th concert - a feat indeed laudable and unique. 'Sugandh' literally means "Fragrance" and this family of four does just that - spreads musical fragrance everywhere. They say, since people of all ages are very important to us our concerts vary from lighht Urdu Ghazals, old - not so old, and new Hindi film songs, folk songs, Qawalli's, limited Gujurati Garba, Punjabi bhangra, Sindhi ladas, jokes, and mimicry. They customize each concert to suit the event and type of audience. When asked to describe the singing talents of his family members, Kan quipped: "Geeta is the best singer. Seema's performance quite often, is very close to Geeta. Tina has her own unique style of rendition. Her voice is powerfully, emotional. Tina is probably the best female Tabla-nawaz in the world today in her age group. Geeta's harmonium, Seema's percussion, and Tina's tabla provide the most perfect accompaniment possible". "I play dholak boisterously and keep the master of ceremonies part flowing smoothly, with intermittent jokes, mimicry, and audience participation", he added. The Sugandh's have recorded their own CD's. Many Indian and TV Radio Stations throughout the world have played their songs on their programs. Thus the Sugandh family is always a treat to listen to and a pleasure to be in company with.