Melodious Transition

Melodious Transition

Natya Sangeet, or stage songs, is an important part of the Indian culture. And Thane city is certainly very Indian at heart. This was evident from the response to a programme on changing patterns of Natya Sangeet, which was held at Gadkari Rangayatan on February 16, 2002. More than a thousand people attended the show.

The event was organized by CKP Social Club of Thane City in conjunction with a Mumbai-based cultural group called Swarendu. The theme of the show was "Changing Colors of Natya Sangeet since 1947". Shrikrishna Dalvi, award-winning music critic, stage artist and vocalist, hosted the show.

Dalvi, who was felicitated by the CKP Club, discussed the evolution and progression of Natya Sangeet since independence. The uniqueness of the show was in the way it was presented. All through his discourse, Dalvi was accompanied by renowned singers like Suresh Bapat, Sharad Jambhekar, Varsha Bhave and Nilakshi Pendharkar.

Each time Dalvi discussed the style of a particular era, one of the singers performed to demonstrate that style.

According to Suresh Gupte of CKP Social Club committee, "Shrikrishna Dalvi was the life of the show. His oration left everyone in the audience spellbound." During the show, Dalvi made many significant observations about the transition of Natya Sangeet. For instance, according to him, in the olden days of Natya Sangeet, music and lyrics were produced in isolation from one another, creating a mismatch between the two. But now, lyrics are written first and the rhythm is then composed around it.

The show was a huge success, touching the soul of everyone present. And why not, as H. W. Longfellow once said, "Music is the universal language of mankind – poetry their universal pastime and delight."

Win some, Lose some
While for most of us, the civic elections may have come and gone, without leaving so much as a trace of memory, but for some the recently concluded elections will not be forgotten for a long, long time.

Prashant Gawand, the NCP candidate who stood in the civic elections from ward 34-A, lost by the smallest margin possible. That’s right – he lost by just one vote! He got 2055 votes while Deepak Jadhav of BJP got 2056 votes. Gawand found it hard to digest that he could lose in such a way, though all indications before elections were favorable to him. He requested for recounting though he had a tough time dealing with the officials.

Gawand also doesn’t rule out foul play as he says, "A couple of days before the polls, Jitendra Avad had informed the Police and the press about the printing of bogus ballet papers that might be used for altering the results".

We may never know what really happened is in this case. But the situation clearly calls for the serious look at the system of elections. Also, we should all realize that every vote makes a difference. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm."

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