Goody Seervai (or Goody Servai) was an acclaimed ace accordion player in Bollywood and a versatile band-leader of Bombay. His band played in clubs and hotels in Bombay and many of the cantonment towns, and also seems to have been a permanent fixture at most Parsi events in the city. Apparently, it was Cawas Lord, who often played drums in Goody’s band, who got him to enter the films when Naushad was looking for an accordion player. Seervai went on to become the most sought-after accordionist in the industry and was a particular favorite of Shankar Jaikishan.

Goody Servai played his magic Accordion in the following & many other songs:

  • Ta ra ri aa ra ri (Dastaan, 1950)
  • Aaja sanam madhur chaandni mein hum (Chori Chori, 1956)
  • Wo baat jispe ke dhadke jiya (Hum Sab Chor Hain, 1956)
  • Dheere-dheere chal chaand gagan mein (Love Marriage, 1959)

Goody Seervai Kersi Mistry 1968 Angel India Bollywood LP Rare! (Courtesy- Imprints and Images of Indian Film Music)

Goody Seervai (Farfisa Organ)
Kersi Mistry (Solovox)

Twelve top-hit Hindi film tunes selected by Goody Seervai to introduce the magic sound of his Farfisa Organ are presented on this disc with Kersi Mistry playing Solovox.

Goody Seervai, acclaimed as India’s ace accordion player and a versatile band-leader of Bombay, has introduced a completely new sound in his orchestra by featuring his Farfisa Electronic Organ.

In the past, he has made several recordings with the accordion as his instrument and now he introduces for the first time on disc, the multi-tonal instrument, which is a rage on the continent and in the U.S.A.

Goody Seervai Kersi Mistry 1968 Angel India Bollywood LP Rare-Bollywoodirect
Front Cover of the LP; Courtesy- Imprints and Images of Indian Film Music
Goody Seervai Kersi Mistry 1968 Angel India Bollywood LP Rare-Bollywoodirect
Back Cover of the LP; Courtesy- Imprints and Images of Indian Film Music

                                                                                                          Farfisa Organ is a solo instrument and Goody has divided the melody and music assigning portions to another electronic instrument ‘ Solovox’ played by Kersi Mistry and has also used accordion played by Revachand Sharma, the only left-handed accordion player in the Indian film industry.

Kersi Mistry was born to music and is the talented son of the late Shri. Phirozshaw Mistry, who was awarded a gold medal by the HMV for outstanding achievements as a musician.

Kersi is a versatile artist. He has to his credit several discs containing piano and piano accordion performances. He has provided music for a film ‘Veer Balak’ and many of his tunes have been sung by famous playback singers like Talat Mahmood, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor and C.H.AtmaOn this disc Kersi has wielded Solovox with his nimble fingers to produce such notes which enrich the recordings of his friend, Goody Seervai. Kersi is a celebrated musician known in music circles for his proficiency as a solo performer as well as a band leader.

Side One

Neele Gagan Ke Tale – Hamraaz
Kahan Chal Diye – Jhuk Gaya Aasman
Patthar Ke Sanam – Patthar Ke Sanam
Sajna O Sajna – Do Kaliyan
Chandan Sa Badan – Saraswatichandra
Parde Men Rahne Do – Shikar

Side Two

Jeene Wale Jhoom Ke – Vaasana
Mera Pyar Bhi Tun Hai – Saathi
Mere Samne Wali Khirki Men – Padosan
Shikar Karne Ko Aaye – Shikar
Dil Wil Pyar Wyar – Shagird
Bhai Battoor – Padosan

 

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Goody Seervai
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Goody Seervai
Dhobitalao Mixed Band-bollywoodirect-Maurice Concessio, Johnny Baptist. Ken Mac, Mickey Correa, Goody Seervai, Cyril Sequiera
Goody Seervai with his band ‘Dhobitalao Mixed Band’ and fellow musicians are Maurice Concessio, Johnny Baptist. Ken Mac, Mickey Correa & Cyril Sequiera
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Accordionist Goody Seervai with Uma Pocha (Usha Uthup’s sister). (Source: Laughter In The House – 20th Century Parsi Theatre by Meher Marfatia)
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Shankar Jaikishan discussing with Goody Seervai in the recording studio. Courtesy- Shashank Chickermane
Goody Seervai with singer Talat Mahmood, music director Shanker and Lata Mangeshkar-bollywoodirect
Goody Seervai with singer Talat Mahmood, music director Shanker and Lata Mangeshkar; Courtesy- Sudharshan Pandey

Rare & Unseen Photos of A. K. Hangal

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