What you see
– A barely visible signboard of a guitar and musical notes is seen above the small musical instruments shop Harmony at Waltair Uplands in Vizag. Close to Sampath Vinayak Temple, Harmony carries a treasure-trove of musical instruments of all kinds, with the display starting right from the doorway to the orderly clutter inside. Gleaming Spanish guitars, new violins,
plastic-wrapped drums and carton-filled keyboards tempt you from open shelves. In the midst of this musical odyssey, we come upon the portly and smiling face of Srinivasa Rao, the owner and teacher at Harmony. The store is cramped but clean.What you get
– Harmony, in Vizag since 2002, caters to the needs of musically-inclined Vizagites as it sells a large variety of musical instruments and its friendly owner Srinivasa conducts guitar and keyboard classes too. Packed to the brim, Harmony has a range of wind, percussion and string musical instruments, imported mainly from Japan. The range in this compact store in Vizag comprises violins (between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 5,000), guitars (from acoustic and semi-acoustic to electric guitars from Rs. 1,850 to Rs. 22,000; with starter guitar for kids being sold at Rs. 1,250), drumming kits (including the Conga and Bongo drum from Rs. 4,500 to Rs. 22,000) and tablas (Rs. 2,100 onwards) and also mridangams, flutes, sitars, cymbals, veenas, dholaks, electronic tanpuras, tambourines, ghungroo-bell belts, etc. Harmony’s prized product, of course, is the African drum called the Djembe, which Srinivasa claims
creates an ambience of the African wilds with its drumming rhythm, and is perfect for a late-night party by the beach. The most popular and in-demand musical instruments says Srinivasa are the guitars and the keyboards. Harmony offers a sales-and-service facility for its products, as well as repair work for musical instruments.
Srinivasa also conducts guitar and keyboard classes at Harmony, in an enclosed space behind the main store. These classes are conducted three days a week, in one-hour batches from 11 AM to 2 PM and from 5 PM to 9 PM for a monthly fee of Rs. 500; and are open to all (above the age of seven). Harmony provides students with the musical instruments during class.
– Harmony is just the place to source musical instruments in Vizag. Although the store is tiny, it has a large variety of musical instruments and customers do get attended to promptly. The useful inputs from Srinivasa and his two sales boys (who also pitch in for the classes) are a boon to anxious parents who would like to get the right musical instrument for their kids. As for the classes, individual attention is given to each student since the number is restricted to a few for every batch. Parking space in front of the store is limited and tends to fill up by noon. Anytime between
– 9 AM – 9 PM