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Speaking the universal language of music

“Dear students, please put your hands together to welcome Zoltan Orosz, one of the most popular and incredible accordionists from Hungry, who is all set to captivate you with his melodious musical themes that take inspiration from central Europe…” As this announcement was made at the Khalsa College Public School, Amritsar, by Tibor Kovacs, director of the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, New Delhi, Orosz stepped on the stage with a smile that gave a clear indication of his exhilaration at performing in India.

punjab Updated: Nov 22, 2013 11:29 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu

“Dear students, please put your hands together to welcome Zoltan Orosz, one of the most popular and incredible accordionists from Hungry, who is all set to captivate you with his melodious musical themes that take inspiration from central Europe…” As this announcement was made at the Khalsa College Public School, Amritsar, by Tibor Kovacs, director of the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, New Delhi, Orosz stepped on the stage with a smile that gave a clear indication of his exhilaration at performing in India.


Within seconds, Orosz had transported the audience into his musical world with the notes of his accordion, an ancient European musical instrument that weighs almost 20 kg. He rolled out his favourite themes that not only spelled Hungarian folk music but also blended French and Russian folk music strains. Every theme of Orosz’s seemed to carry emotions, expressions and feelings coming from the very core of his heart and with the potential to twist one’s mood, uplift spirits and make one think deeply about life. Nedless to say, the musician’s performance kept everyone enthralled.

Hailing from a traditional family of musicians, Orosz says he inherited his love for the accordion from his father, who was once an active accordionist in Hungary. Having been introduced to music at the age of four, Orosz says he soon realised he loved the accordion. As appreciation started pouring in for his performances, the musician began to be invited to perform all over the world, including Singapore, Siberia, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Italy, Russia and now India.

When asked about his experience of performing here, Orosz says, “I have been fascinated with the Indian culture and music since childhood. Now, I am ecstatic to finally display my talent here. My first performance in India was in Mumbai, where I performed at the opening of the Hungarian Contemporary Art Ostentation.

Next, I will perform at Kolkata and New Delhi.” He adds, “I wish to learn Bollywood music soon. I hope to perform in different Indian cities from time to time as I received the same love here as I get in my home country.” Orosz believes music is a universal language that connects people irrespective of their cultures and religions.

Orosz also performed at the auditorium of the Indian Academy of Fine Arts in Amritsar, where people enjoyed the music as much as the students had. Tibor rightly remarked, “Cultural exchange programmes play a vital role in bringing different countries together.”