Monday, February 12, 2007

Rich musical notes build a somber mood. As the rendition picks pace, notes move effortlessly from alaap to dhrut.
Close your eyes, and you can imagine a high-domed hall, with chandeliers, mirrors, and an audience of aesthetes in regal splendor.
An appreciative silence, respectful of genius.
An appreciative silence, and you notice the “next track” sign on the system.
It’s been worth it, sneaking out of a day of long meetings on Friday, to catch that classical music sale.
What it says for music and tradition if classical music is offered in a buy one-get one deal, I don’t quite know.
I got quite ok shots of the Gateway from behind the curtains, not bad at all.

16 comments:

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abbagirl74 said...

:) sounds like music to my ears.

crab said...

Which concert are we talking about please Ben? And where are the Gateway shots? I dont see them on ur flickr ...

austere said...

abbagirl- :) lovely intricaret music it is too.

crabbie- this cd was from the parampara series/ Times. Pandit Jasraj presenting Darbari Kanada. The concert is in my imagination, walter mitty istyle.
Nahi dala on flickr yet.

AmitL said...

Nicely put,Austere..and,nice imaginative thoughts about sitting at a concert...as for the 'buy one,get one free' deal for classical music sale,well,I guess,it means that the music companies were not able to sell as many copies as they anticipated.Right?Well,as far as we,the buyers are concerned,such sales are great,na?:)

austere said...

:) so they are, so they are.

Proxima said...

I wish I could have joined you!

I took lessons on playing various types of hand drums. I would also like to learn the piano, but there is no room for it here, like many things, it will have to wait.
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shiv said...

Ever been to Lakshmi Vilas Palace for the concerts there? Your description fits that place....I have not been there though I had an opportunity once, but I think it must have been like that....

austere said...

Proxima- I have the cd, maybe on your next visit to India?Piano lessons sound super, someday perhaps? good luck in advance for the scales, quite scary there are, I'm told.

Shiv- Once. just once.Maybe it was like that in its heydays.You've been to the palace in B'ngr?

manuscrypts said...

one taal free with every sur... could be bollywood too ;)

Sathya said...

someday I would want to visit one such concert, may be alone, may be with company... just listen to the sounds... not bothering for a second that I cant tell the difference between alaap and dhrut, not caring about the next person realizing that I dont know a note of music... just sit there and walk back...and may be walk back home...all by myself :(

sathya said...

Hi aust,
btw..whose concert was this ? Some major known person?

Sathya

austere said...

manuji- now just what we need! to give the likes of himmeshbhai this idea!

Sathya- you must, atleast once. but this was a cd. desribed above.

Cherie! said...

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communiqueasian said...

(relaxing)

austere said...

cherie!- So DID you pass muster?

communique- thanks for dropping by.nice blog you have, but no way to comment, whatisthis?