Harmonica Man

Songwriter/ vocalist / music producer / vlogger Sawan came across an 82 year old busker while travelling in SIngapore, and made this song about him and featuring him. She'd forgotten to ask him his name while shooting him, but was delighted when in response to her query in the vlog, her viewers found out who he was and told her more about Mr. Fan Kia Seng.

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    3 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 2, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
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    Full HD DSLR, cellphone
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Director Biography

Sawan Dutta graduated as an architect from the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture. After working as an architect briefly, she switched to music professionally. She is now a Mumbai / Bangalore based composer, music director/producer, songwriter and vocalist with over two decades of musical works under her belt.
Her commercial projects include a variety of platforms and genres such as Bollywood films, over 200 TV show themes and scores, commercial ads, documentary soundtracks, non film albums, and music for theatre and installations.
Sawan is currently best known for her pathbreaking Song Blog, The Metronome, which she hosts at her YouTube channel. Here she creates original quirky songs and supporting videos about a range of unusual subjects with her partner, C B Arun Kumar. This includes what is possibly the first and only collection of Recipe Songs in the world! Over a span of 5 years, The Metronome has garnered 3.7 million views, generated numerous Viral Hits and attracted widespread media coverage. All her current videos from The Metronome are created within extremely frugal budgets within 1K to 4K$

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Director Statement

During a trip to Singapore I came across an 82 year old harmonica playing busker whom i started chatting with and filming.. I've built the song around this little encounter, and using his playing, which I shot on my cellphone. On way back to India I realised I'd never asked him his name and included a query in my vlog, asking anyone who could, to find out and let me know his name. I was delighted when in response to my video, a viewer did just that and told me his name was Mr Fan Kia Seng. And the icing on the cake was when I went back to Singapore some years later, and showed him this video !!!