Sunday, January 28, 2007

haunting music

straight from the heart
Music is for a lot of people soothing. When driving a car through peak hour traffic, getting into verbal duels with fellow drivers and the tension of being on time is taking its toll, music comes as a relief. Listen to haunting melodies of Kishore Kumar (early 70s of course) or hum his tunes for a total change of mood. But music also brings memories of the past- one gets into constant debates of the kind of music and lyrics of the present in contrast to yesteryears. The in-your-face kind of music today compares with the melodious tunes and touching lyrics of the past (one that had meaning).
As I was listening to an academician of repute at a conference, outside I heard the sound of a flute. The sound inevitably takes me on a guilt trip. The people who are talented, skilled and hardworking struggle to make a living. The cost of the flute is just Rs.10/Rs.25. The melodious sound made me go out and buy a couple of flutes- my way of warding off the guilt at being helpless.

6 comments:

frankly speaking said...

i loved this particular post of yours. in fact it reminded me of this blind beggar who used to come almost everyday to my locality in calcutta.he used to sing and play the harmonium so beautifully and later on he used to be accompanied by hid young daughter who was blind as wel.In fact since the time i was born til i left calcutta at the age of 16, there was hardly any day that began without us listening to his melodious voice. andi think he had one one of the most beautiful voice i had ever heard!

poornima said...

sir, talking about talent n the person playing the flute...it was a good move to buy flutes but perhaps there could be something better that could be done...people can atleast ask them to play once more...ive tried that, it makes them feel happy(ofcourse theyd feel happy wid some income also!)

true talent is definetely hidden in todays world. for instance my driver is GREAT at sketching n drawing...i have 18 sketches i borrowed from him n kept it with me but i still feel- is that all i can do? there has to be something else to help them out.

naresh rao said...

Hi, as i have already admitted i bought the flutes to get rid of the guilt feeling of not doing anything.

Me Thinks.. said...

I was just listening to 'Ek ajnabee Haseena se'.. old songs are a hit in my college...Like the old songs ,the sound of the flute also refuses to leave...there could have been no other way to ward off guilt..

Y knot said...

The seminar left you running around with no time to write, didn't it?

sara said...

Hi, sir. How're you? Just came across your blog. Don't know if you'll remember me. I was the annoying one in the left hand corner, batch of '05. Tarang, Pearly...that batch. Anyway I was just reading your stuff and love it. Somehow we never expect 'teachers' to be quite real :) Well, you learn something new everyday, right.