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Death of the classical music industry

Go through the link…..

http://www.rediff.com/money/2007/sep/29spec.htm

I am going to check out the credentials of the people who wrote it.

(Arati Menon Carroll & Shobhana Subramanian)
It is high time these writers and journalists get warned and should write anything after atleast doing some kind of homework or keep there opinion with themselves.

Anurag’s Comment on the same:

Manyawar, Namaskar

It is INDEED a fact that Classical Music is DEAD today. I am sorry to say so BUT it is the basic fact that we need to realize. Todays, new-coming so-called classical experts don’t know even what is the basic purpose of Classical Music. Why was it made? What is the real power of classical music and also what is the basic target of claasical music. I am NOT any great Classical Music expert but I got this very fact when while my in-depth research work on Music Therapy.

Do you know about Music Therapy? You will be amazed to know that the great experts of Classical Music from ITC SRA Kolkata DO NOT know any thing about Music Therapy!!!!!!!
They say it is beyond their understanding!!!!!!

If you make an in-depth study of Music Therapy, you will agree with me…..

My Reply for Anurag’s post:

Hello Friend,

First of all I would like to thank you for the scrap ,for pro-actively raising the issue –infact a very important issue and throwing out the question to a fellow researcher of Indian Classical Music and Performing Arts in India.

1.Classical Music is not dead and indeed never would be. There are abundance of young classical musicians coming up who are disciplined, are sincere ,creative and are more talented then there were students in any generation.

And yeah I have the data to support this that I Would love to share with you in future course of time.

This has also been my observation for the last 20 years (FYI, I am into learning , teaching and performing classical Music for the last 20 years).For the same fortunately I have been involved in classical music circles in Goa(1 year), was in Pune(3 years),Mumbai(2 years),Delhi (2 years),Bengaluru(2 years),Kolkata( 1 year), and Madhya Pradesh(7 years) and have found that Classical Music exponents , listeners are at a all time high, the only grey part is that externally the people are not coming to understand and realize this and the major reason for this is less coverage given by the media, newspapers ,television and radio .

You call it Vocal Classical- there are plenty of finer students and performers who are achieving higher goals (plenty of them-numerous),instrumentalists in every field sitar,tabla,sarod,santoor from cities like Pune,Delhi,Kolkata,Mumbai,Chennai.Hyderabad and others also.

The new generation is very creative, innovative ,energetic and aware because of the plenty of resources coming for their aid like music softwares,internet,orkut,youtubes,websites and systems etc.

2.The basic purpose of music was never known to anyone.Infact no body even knew that who and how was the classical music created.There have been plenty of schools of thoughts that suggests that Lord Shiva created the music, and some scriptures tell that Lord Ganesha was the creator .Samveda also talks about the origin of the music and considering the Bharat’s Natyshastra’s and Sangeet Ratnakara’s definition –“Ranjayati Iti raag”, means “That which entertains is music”.

Then there were the origins of the different categories of the music – like Kawwali,Dhrupad,Khayal,Bhajans,Thumri,Tappa etc(historically in the same sequence).

In Hindu mythology it is said that : Shiva produced the Khayal style,Krishna gave raise to Semi classical tradition,Hanuman started Dhrupad and Ganesha with the instrumental music.

Again in some realistc sense the history of Classical Music goes back to the vedic period(what is that and how long is that is again a matter of debate).

3.And if you think that if someone is unaware of Classical Music Therapy then he is ignorant about the basic purpose of classical music then friend you are stuck.

To enjoy,practice and play with classical music I don’t think that you must be taught about how and why it is made(the answer of which is known to on-one ).It Is recommended and but definitely not essential or a must.

Yep,healing is just one of the effects of the Indian Classical Music and nothing else, and this is again a topic for much debate, because the medicine for a specific person may not be suitable for the other.

For me a solving a mathematical puzzle would be a great pain reliever than taking a Pain Killer or listening to a hamsadhvani .

Again for that matter every subject will have its own healing effects and that is the reason there are so many therapies in resence:Reiki,Radiosonic,Telepathy,Unani,Ayurvedic,Homoeopathic,Biochemic,Acupuncture,Acupressure and Astrology as well and so on.

If you are using the Music as therapy then it is better till the patient is practicing it himself rather than listening to it because in the second case it will be merely similar to the other therapies mentioned above.

I would always abstain from all the above therapies in which one has to depend upon the external resources and music therapy of the second type also comes into the same category.

I am writing about the musical therapy after understanding the same and always categorically say that any kind of process of curing oneself should be applied by oneself and by not applying any external forces or the mediums.

4.At last I would say that you seem to be a bit negative with a wrong reason that people don’t know about the Indian Classical Music Therapy therefore they are zero in it .I would say that it is trivial as the gigantic musical tradition has created a just smaller application out of itself.

And Indian Classical will grow and more so in near future once it is realized that media and other agents have to play some more active role for the same.

Guru

Guru hi Ishwar

Guru Parameshwar
Guru Krupasindhu,
Din dayalu Jagadishwar.

Guru hi Akar
Guru Nirakar
Guru me Brahma, Vishnu
Mahesh hai saakar.
Guru hi Vani
Guru Antaryami
Guru banate,
Agyani ko Gyani.

Guru hi Aaaj
Guru bhi Kal
Guru se duniya,
Reheti hai har pal.
Guru hi Pooja
Guru hi Disha
Guru se “Sat-Chit-Anand”,
Ki milti – sukhad paribhasha.

My heart is beating like a drum

…Rudra hun Vish chhod Madhu ki kaamna main kyu karunga…

…Hai amit Samarthya mujhme, Yachna main kyu karunga…

Ready for the football match with the TSPG.Now a days my heart is beating like a
drum-rocking riyaaz,thrilling practise for the football,football world cup ,hockey world cup,now cricket and polling for the world cup ,eating -drinking and bathing in music, has left me with no time for snooker , table tennis and gym.

How long I have come forward,when I look back to those very different days of hasinas(poetry),naginas(astrology) pudinas (homoeopathy) and pashminas(THE TRAVEL BUG).That serendipity was really awesome and nostalgic.

These lines very much show my condition…RYZING TO THE HILT…


Kitne Mahine hue Baag me Koyal Ku-ku karti thi
Kitne Mahine hue Zameen se Saundhi Khushbu uthti thi

Kitne Mahine hue Kacche Aam ki Khataas me khoye hue
Kitne Mahine hue Niboli kachchi Tap-tap girti thi

Kitne Mahine hue Sardi me Maa jo Oon bunti thi
Kitne Mahine hue Subah ki pahli Dhoop bikharti thi

Kitne Mahine hue Naa aayi Daakiye ki Cycle purani si
Kitne Mahine hue Vo Saankal khad-khad khad-khad bajti thi

Kitne Mahine hue Hawa me Rupaiyya udaya karte the
Kitne Mahine hue Chavanni Hafte-Hafte chalti thi…

Kitne Mahine hue kitabon me Khushboo talasha karte the
Kitne Mahine hue Sugandhi Swed se utha karti thi…

Kitne Mahine hue Safar me dost banaya karte the
Kitne Mahine hue Vo Bus me dhakka mukki hoti thi…

Aaj vo din hai… Mangal-Chand pe jana sambhav hai
Kitne Mahine hue Vo Ret ke Ghar me Gudia soti thi…

Aaj vo Din hai… Zindagi aur Fursat ki Rassa-kashi
Kitne Mahine hue zindagi sath me baith ke hansti thi

Aaj vo Din hai… unche Dumahle aur Neend ka naam nahi
Kitne Mahine hue vo Maa ki god me Palke mundti thi…

Aaj vo Din hai… ab to kisika Naam bhi lena yaad nahi,
Kitne Mahine hue ki Shaame sath me beeta karti thee…

Aaj vo Din hai… Ab na samjhe Maut-Zindagi ka antar…
Kitne Mahine hue… Vo Zindagi Roz Jilaayaa karti thi……

Bhatiyaar and Bhairavi in the academy

The day was the beginning of a new week in Delhi.
It was 6AM in the morning and the raag was Bhatiyaar,which for ages I’ve only heared about, but never listened to in any of the live performances.
The reason would have been that not many concerts are taking place now a days in the morning as early as 5AM ,the time at which it is usually sung.

My association with Aneeshji has been very recent but it seems that it has been for ages that I knew him,as a person and as a mentor.
Not only him but also his troup ,it seems has been associated with me.The gesture and companionship they did show towards me was really enthralling.
Sudhir ji has a long relationship with Goa(his gurus Pdt.Tulsidas Borkar and Pdt. Jitendra Abhishki Bua are both from Goa).Goa is the place where I learned and inculcated the passion about the music.

The one very intersting fact I have observed is that ,I planned to become a good musician under Aneeshji’s tutelage but now end up starting to learn to become a
good human being,after all that is the most important objective of one’s life , above all success and achievements ,isn’t it?

Met “Sudev Sheth” in the concert ,who is doing his graduation in University of California-Berkeley in “Political Science & South Asian Music”.Sudev is also learning under Aneeshji and
could found in him a very humble ,keen student of music.He has come to Delhi as an exchange program and to study about the Indian Music in Delhi and it’s developement in the last couple of centuries.Pretty nice research topic .

Lalit Kala Academi Studio in Garhi east Of Kailash was filled with the overwhelming presence of ART enthusiasts.
The students,professors,professionals mostly of whom were bengalis because the program was organised in the memory of late “Sankho Choudhury”.

The mehfil ended with the Bhairavi raag and bhajan in the same raag.The chirpings of birds,and white colour of curtains was creating a divine and peaceful environment.It was an open space
surrounded by the hostel ,a garden ,maidan and sculptures and paintings made by the fellow students of the academy.Inspired to learn and devote my carnal body to the development of Music.

Saraswati Poojan in the land of Parshuram

India is performing badly in the World cup hockey.My heart is dissatisfied.Didn’t apply feets on the football either due to various reasons.First the big party,then “drama” and on the last day preponing of the schedule for the “Stingray” understanding.The accidental death of crocodile hunter was a blow for the adventure freaks like me .

But believe me ,the life is rocking at the Music front.Inspired by Spicmacay’s programs and my “To be program” on 31st/1st/2nd ,I did buy a Lehara Machine from Radel India.After purchasing a Digital Tambora for Taai (the Raagini one ),this is one of the best investments I must’ve made in my career.From here one thing is pretty sure,I have only to look forward ,as the sky is the limit.

Saraswati Puja is getting closer,and most of my time is being spent on deciding the strategy for the big event.My index finger is getting stronger day by day ,after getting damaged saving a goal,this is the best I could expect.The throat of Ameya is also recovering from the infection as too the one of Tanay .
Saraswati –
Sur ki mati
Har gati, madhur sangeet ki ladi,
Unonhe Pakadi hai rakhi I
Apne hat me ‘Saptsur’ ki kadi I

Saraswati –
Sundar divya murti ki prati
Anand dhund kar rahi,
Jaise jogi ki asamanjas priti I
Bhula di mujhe gaye samay ki kshati I

Saraswati –
Pandita ki aardak shakti
Ved, puran, mantra, jap ki
Drushti me vedhak vruti I
sab samaj lene ki adhbut budhi I

Saraswati –
Ma ki mamata nazar aai
Yogini ki tejomay Chabi I
N dhalnevali, ekagra se hai baithi I
Aaj de rahi ashirvad khushi I
Mai rahu tere kadamo me har ghadi I

Rocking in the Rains

Well almost finished my work in Pune,yet to visit Pt.Suresh Samant,which I guess ,I must meet when I am back from Mumbai and Goa.The rain god has calmed down as soon as I reached here in Pune and hopefully I’ll be able to pacify him in Mumbai and Goa as well.

I am going to Panaji and Ponda ,and am sure that will be able to get ettled with at least two solo musical concerts in next coming few months.Saraswati puja is definitely one of them( towards Dassera),when I am going to perform for half an hour and with Ameya on raag Todi and Bheem Palasi with some bhajans.

Don’t know wether will come down to Pune also or not ,let us see.

For next couple of days ,Kamalakar Sir will surely be taking my all kinds of tests in classical musical accompaniement(some tappas,pancham sawari,vilambit ektaal) and beleive me I am going to enjoy the same fully.

Great to understand that Aneeshji is undergoing a great tour of Ensemble music in Germany and rest of the europe.Now just waiting to meet hom in person in Delhi or Mumbai.

Another good news is that my article on cycling : a spiritual experience is going to published in a magzine “e-Stripes”.

Hind Desh Ki Jang

Our hindu rashtra has always fought against the invasions ,whether it was (Greek)Alexander,Salucus Nikator or English or Portogese or Hunas,Shakas and Yawans or Mughuls.Our very own Porus,Chandragupta (Mourya),Pushayamitra,Agnimitra(Pushya),Kanishka(kalinga) ,Vikramaditya (Morya) or then Rajguru,Bhagat Singh,or Tilak and many .Gradually I started hating Ashoka and Ambedkar for whatever they have done aginst the vedic dharma.When I was just going through the mesmerising history on indian wars and Independence (Veerji’s “Saha Soneri Paane”),Ameya from Goa was reading something on 1947-the struggle and launched this small EPIC.Let us enjoy do a “Rang De Basanti”.


Desh-seva ka uthaya tha Viro ne bida,
Angrejo ke julm ka takara diya kila |

Khun se lath-path ho jati, sare jaha ki Bhoomi,
Lal rang ki yaad karati, har Javano ki puri kami |

Jhelakar sab dukh ko mani, jindagi dil jani ,
Mati ki Mamata ka tha, Har Koyi ek bund pani |

‘ Vande Mataram’ jayghosh kehkar, uthti rahi chingari ,
“Bhagat singh, Rajguru”; ki faasi, rang layi Bharat ki Ajadi |

‘Bharat Chodo’ Gandhi ne bhi mari dhanya pukar bhari ,
Chalti rail ki tod dali patari ekdam sari |

Maa ki ansuo me bhi dekhi, khilte ful ki kahani ,
Mrut Bete ko dekh garv se Rehti – jaise jitke aayi Rani |

Aaisa hota sirf apni punya (pujya) Hindustan nagari,
Jay-bolo jay-bolo “Amar javan”, Apko meri vandana pyari |

Swarankul

Currently reading a book titled “Naad-Vedh” in marathi,which is written by Mr.Achyut Godbole.It describes the writer’s passion about the music in general and how did he enjoy the same .I received the book from Goa ,which is published by a Pune based agency.Surprisingly I couldn’t see it when I was in the same city.

Nad-bramh ka nad sunaye
Om namo omkar gaye.
Gate, gate apne jivatmaka,
Paramanand, anand badhaye.

Vedh lagake sur me gaye
Ek-ek swar ki mala bunaye.
Sambhalkar, ekagra ho jaye
Apni sargam ki maja lutaye.

Sat swaro ki puja karake
Chupi Khilti subah sajaye.
Aaisa karake dekh le manava,
Gana sundar suramay bhaye.

Swar ka gan, satya se chede
Man ka mel tab jag rijhaye.
Aaisa lagav lag-jaye ki,
Yis punya sangeet ki sabako
Dhund, sugandh pratima dikhaye.