Musical Expressions

Musical Expressions

The raison d’être of Indian Music is much more than merely entertainment. And Indian musicians are not just artists who sing a song, compose a tune or play an instrument. They are, in one sense, spiritual beings, who literally live their music. This was essentially the theme of the programme "Anubhuti" organised at the Gadkari Rangayatan on February 10 2004. The evening was dedicated to senior musician and critic Shrikrishna Dalvi who passed away last month. Dalvi’s contribution to the world of music known to all music lovers in Maharastra and the programme was a fitting tribute to him.

The auditorium was packed to capacity, an evidence of the popularity of the departed soul. The evening also saw well known Thaneites offer their tribute to Dalvi. Yogaacharya Anna Vyavahare, Violin player Dr M Rajam, Senior Tabla Player Pt. Bhai Gaitonde and Professor Ashok Chitnis – all spoke about Dalvi’s contribution to the realm of music.

Corporator Vilas Samant organised the programme together with well-known Tabla Player Mukundraj Deo who presented the programme. Deo said, "We called the programme Anubhuti because we wanted to demonstrate conceptual fusion that musicians experience throughout a lifelong of learning – it is a vision that emerges and can only be experienced. And Anubhuti implies lessons gained from experience."

The programme was like a lifecycle of the musician. 14 participants comprised of singers, instrument players and dancers who explained the stages of evolution of a musician via the medium of music.

They started with Om, which has thousands of meanings, one of them being Sadhana or practice. For a musician, Sadhan is Godlike and they long for it, not to perfect their art but because it is like meditation – they feel incomplete with it. Then they dealt with Vistaar or development of music – just like everything in nature, music develops through a typical pattern known only to a musician. Chaturang or the four basic components (Vocal, Instrumental, Dance and Rasa) of music is the next stage of evolution. Then comes Dhundi (intoxication), a stage when a musician gets completely immersed in his music oblivious to his surroundings. Anand (ultimate, inexplicable joy) is the final stage which then goes back to Om to complete the cycle.

The evening truly reflected the words of a Chinese Taoist Philosopher Lao Tzu who said: "Music in the soul is heard by the Universe."

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