No wonder what happens

Life is something ,one must observe making oneself free ,this one couldn’t express better than the following lines.

After posting the erudite article that Aneeshji has published in the newsapaper ,which raises a very serious concern over the condition of musicians in addition with politicised version of the media and relationships between government, the artist and even now a days audience or the crowd.

No wonder what happens
Do not loose the personality of yours
No wonder what happens
For you are different
In comparison to others consideration.

Live the life as it comes
No wonder what happens
Since life is a journey
In which you have to flow.

Have the faith in Almighty
No wonder what happens
Remember He is the creator, pervador
and destroyer; only called to be yours.

Help the needy
And render the service of yourself
No wonder what happens
Life is to give with no eye of expectations.

Leave this world(life), saying bye-bye
No wonder what happens
Making this a better place of now
Than you would have lived.

Padma awards are token gestures:By Aneesh Ji in DNA-Mumbai

At the start of each year, arts circles are abuzz as lists of the Padma awardees are made known. And the government makes its ‘commitment’ to the arts by yet another token gesture.

Looking back, though, one finds that national leaders have shown a greater concern for the arts. Classical music and art was supported by the intellectual elite during colonial rule, partly to bolster national cultural identity. Dadabhai Naoroji, the ‘Grand Old Man of India’, was the president of the Parsi Gayan Uttejak Mandali—perhaps Mumbai’s first formal music club, that promoted Hindustani music among amateurs.

In the 20th century, leaders like Lala Lajpat Rai were admirers of the vocalist and educationist Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, who set up the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Lahore to promote music education. Later, Paluskar moved the headquarters of the school to Mumbai, and Madan Mohan Malaviya, Sarojini Naidu, Lokmanya Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi visited the vidyalaya on various occasions.

Gandhi’s insistence on making music a part of everyday life was greatly influenced by his urge to spiritually awaken the masses.

He said, “It is sad that the study of music is generally neglected in our country today. Without it, the entire educational system seems to me to be incomplete…Music pacifies anger and its judicious use is highly helpful in leading a man to the vision of God” (The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vol37, p2).

Accordingly, he requested Paluskar to send a good musician to Ahmedabad to set the Sabarmati ashram prayers to music. Paluskar sent his disciple Narayan Moreshwar Khare, who composed several bhajans.

The correspondence between some Congress leaders also shows a concern for the quality of music and its dissemination.

In a letter to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the Interim Government, Maulana Azad wrote, “It has been a shock to me to find that the standard of music of All India Radio broadcasts is extremely poor. I have always felt that All India Radio should set the standard in Indian music and lead to its continual improvement. Instead, the present programmes have the opposite effect and lead one to suspect that the artistes are sometimes chosen not on grounds of merit” (The Selected Works of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad: Vol.III-1947-48, p28).

Such a letter from a senior leader is scarcely imaginable today: our leaders are far removed from reality or choose to neglect it. The present state of music on the government broadcasting networks is abysmally low, what with the sharp decline in recordings and a perceived need to raise TRP ratings in the face of competition from private networks.

That innovative programming can raise TRP ratings has perhaps not occurred to the bureaucracy. Meanwhile, artistes are left high and dry to locate potential sponsors for their broadcasts.

It was in Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure that cultural institutions like the Sangeet Natak Akademi were set up, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations sent delegations consisting of top-ranking artistes overseas.

The government needs to come up with a holistic culture policy. The lessons of history direct us to the course of action we must now take.

Transformation we have to bring

Ccutting edge is always awaited which can change irrelevant ideologies and customs which represent conventions good for nothing, to something which is not followed just because it is written somewhere or is believed to be said by someone, but is in existence for better life form. The secret of existence is not just to live but to play your part in the transformation for the greater good. This doesn’t points to change in any particular religion, nation, class or genders way of action at certain point of time but presents a fact that transformation is a continuous rule of time and we are responsible for whether the change is for superior or inferior values and form of life.

Motia Khan and Jhande Wallah

I have just visited Jhande Wallan and Motia Khan ,and felt that I had some long relationship with the place.Just though to write something on the same–

Akele main hum to ghabra gaye ,
Yeh achha kiya ki tum aa gaye ||

Din ka kohra ,Raat main ghane saaye,
Kuch aisa laga ki, Hum hai paraye ||

Resham ki chubhan,Aasuon main angare,
Mere jaisa koi kisi, Sooli per chadh jaaye ||

Koi jadoo itna sar chadh kar bole,
Hum baat phir wohi hi doharaye ||

Rehane lage the ,Hum kuch khoye khoye ,
Mohabbat ki ibadat ,Hum hai nibhaye ||

Life as music

I don’t know ,what my dear friend now is undergoing,but definitely worth making it a point to decorate my blog.Here is a hit from Goa.—

Life is like Music,
Melodious and charming,
As music has seven swaras,
Life does posses different patterns weaved,
The komal swaras reflect,
Bad times of an individual’s life while,
Shudha swaras the beautiful and explored moments,
Both the swaras are required,
To make this life successful and faithful,
That is how we live our life,
And lift ourself travelling,
across the ocean of Music ,
To enjoy the sensation of Musical life.