A Musical Lesson

A Musical Lesson

There are orchestras, ensembles and musical shows. And there is Gagan Jhula – Ek Divas Kavita Gani – a musical show with a difference. When almost every musical showcases popular songs, from films or otherwise, this was a one courageous attempt to break the rules and go against popular belief. For one, all the songs were based on poems that would probably be known only to literary buffs. For another, few producers ready to back the idea because it lacked commercial attraction. But Abhijit Panse decided to go ahead in spite of the criticism. And his valour was rewarded as the culture-loving audiences of Thane welcomed the idea, appreciated the new concept and enjoyed the programme.

Such was the success of the show, which was held on December 12 at the Gadkari Rangayatan, that the auditorium was chock-a-block with people waiting outside to gain entry. The musical, composed by leading Marathi composer Kaushal Inamdar (of Char Divas Sasuche fame), presented songs based on verses, old and new. 22 new songs were created based on verses written by such greats like Sant Dnyaneshwar and Kusumajraj, to present day poets like Ashok Bagwe and Sandeep Khare. Singers like Ajit Parab, Hrishikesh Kanerkar, Hamsika, and Dr Neha Tejpal performed to a full house.

The show was organised in honour of a book release. The book titled “Ha Kumbha Amruta cha” is an autobiography of Baburao Sarnaik. What’s interesting is that due to a small mistake in announcement, most people turned up much earlier than the scheduled time of the show, but most stayed through the programme, including a one-hour break in which the book was released. “To stay for more than five hours for a Marathi show, which is not exactly very famous, was indeed great. I just did not expect the audience to react so encouragingly”, said Panse, who conceived and directed the show. In the past too, Panse created a unique musical drama called Vande Mataram, which received a lukewarm response from producers until it was performed. Then it became very successful. “I welcome youngsters to approach me with unique ideas and would be happy to provide a platform to them, if it’s possible for me to do so. I know how it feels like having ideas without backers,” adds Panse.

The great R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet and cosmologist once said, “People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.” Panse followed this advice and look what he achieved. There’s a lesson in it for all of us to learn.

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