Rhythm of Life

Rhythm of Life

Respect for culture and tradition literally flows through the veins of our city, which is full of enthusiastic residents. We never lose an opportunity to celebrate cultural events, especially those with literary and artistic significance.

On October 1, when communities throughout the world celebrated the International Music Day (IMD), Thane city too participated in its own way. City based music institute, Nada Brahma, in association with Sanskar Bharti, organised a musical event called "Keyboard Workshop", at Sahyog Mandir.

The event, which aimed at spreading awareness about keyboard instruments, was graced by none other than the music maestro Naushad Ali. In a career spanning over six decades, Naushad has created some extraordinarily memorable music and won many prestigious awards including the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 1982 and Padma Bhushan in 1992.

During the show, great composer revealed some interesting tales from his eventful life, one of which really touched the audience.

Many years ago, when the musician was in London and was out of work for a few years, he faced a nervous breakdown. He consulted a therapist, who recommended a break from the city life. Naushad heeded the advice dutifully and decided to proceed to the woods, to spend some time with nature. The soothing ambience of the wild had a tranquilising effect on him and he found his rhythm coming back to him. It was during this sabbatical, that Naushad encountered his life’s most dreadful dilemma, face-to-face. One evening basking in the rays of setting sun, and immersed in ragas, the great musician suddenly found himself staring at the king of the jungle. Mercifully, he was armed with a gun, which he quickly removed from the case. But it wasn’t easy for him to pull the trigger. The musician in him wouldn’t let him "kill", yet his "evil self" was urging him do exactly that. In the end, his evil self triumphed, and he shot the lion. The musician confessed that though he was not a professional hunter, this episode helped him come out of the depression that he had been hounding him for months. "Perhaps, my deeply curbed emotions found an outlet. That was a line of treatment", said Naushad almost apologetically.

Little Flowers
Since the last 20 years, Garden School, a pre-primary school situated at Cherai, celebrates Gandhi Jayanti in a unique way.

The school teacher identifies a child who looks similar to the Mahatma. This child is then dressed like Gandhiji, complete with dhoti, round rimmed glasses, a clock at his waist and a stick. Once dressed, the little Mahatma is taught about the great man’s manners – his style of walking, speaking and interacting with people. This child then acts like Gandhiji while the teacher comments on all the principles that Gandhiji stood for. While his attire endorsed simplicity, the waist-watch signified the importance of time. His powerful messages always promote love over hatred.

Berneditt Pimenta, the school’s founder-principal said, "The children of today are so lost that they need a role model like Mahatma Gandhi. This celebration is a small effort on our part to instil in our children the love and respect for the father of the nation." Fortunately, parents too have been quite encouraging. Pimenta adds, "Some parents are so enthusiastic that the shave their child’s head for this one day."

In Gandhiji own words, children are the "flowers of God’s garden". The Garden School is doing a fine job of nurturing these "little flowers".

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