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What did music teach me?

As far as I can remember my past, I find some place for music. The oldest memories which I have about myself, have a tint of music, a unique flavour of records of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi that my father used to play in our house. Those days are still clear in front of me, now. Then came the days when I started practising music. I remember those days when my friends used to laugh on me; saying why you waste the time which you get to play. I do not know the reason, but I always loved sitting alone and practising my music than playing in a crowd of kids.

Almost always it happens with music students that they loose their touch with music when they face their tenth standard board exams. Same happened with me also. But, rare thing is, the thread connecting me and music did not break. It was a temporary separation.  When favourable conditions came, the love for music sprouted up. The reason behind digging out all these things is, an interesting discussion with a friend. The friend very bluntly asked me to tell him what I got out of spending so much of time.

As for as I am concerned, the question makes no sense. We do not do all things because we get something. Rather, doing some things bring so much of joy with them that you do not need any other reason. But still, I can understand the mindset of my friend. He also needs an answer for his rational mind. So, I ask myself: leave the joy aside. What else did I get from spending so much of time on music?

The answer is quite big. There are many outputs, some minor, some significant but all of them are valuable. Playing flute taught me how to be stable. It taught me the art of being unaffected by the surroundings. Stability of breath makes one’s life stable in all the situations. Practising music taught me to sit silently at a place, without getting tired and distracted. I sit in front of my Guru, listening for hours what he teaches. Music has improved my concentration and awareness.

Through this passion, I came to know so many divine artists and could meet them. Each of them taught me something different. I have not met many artists; their music teach a lot even in their absence. Guruma Annapurna Devi teaches us highest level of dedication; towards Gurus, music and even one’s disciples. She is an goddess who takes us beyond all the material aspects, where music is pure, divine. Pt. Shivkumar Sharma taught me meditation. He is simply a yogi. Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia is a perfect incarnation of lord Krishna. His love and affection towards his disciples is phenomenal. Pt. Nityanand Haldipur teaches us to devote ourselves to our Gurus. It feels really blessed to be among all of them. The list does not end here. Pt. C.R. Vyas teaches us to manage day-to- day life and music together. His dedication, hard work, devotion are beyond imagination. Pt. Suhas Vyas teaches us how a Guru should be in changed scenarios where there are newer challenges in front of music learners.

The list is unending. There is so much to learn; lives will be insufficient to contain all this wisdom.  What music has taught me is beyond all the books and scriptures. It needs a blessed one to get all this.

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Annapurna Devi – So far, so close

Life is really strange. I am always fascinated about Indian Classical Music performers. I always attend the concerts, listen to the records and am submerged in the world. As the years passed, this affection moved to a higher state. I entered a state where I wanted to meet the artists and talk to them.

I am not sure if this is going to do anything better for me; still, I like to meet all these artists. I was quite successful at this. I could meet almost all of these artists. Indian Classical Musicians are magical. They carry a grace with them. Many times, the artist is not a famous artist, but still I meet him because fame does not define an artist.

While being on this journey, I came to know about Guruma Annapurna Devi. Annapurna Devi is the highest peak in the world of Indian Classical Music. I have not been fortunate enough to listen to her performance. But, I am fortunate enough to listen to and also understand the music of her disciples like Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pt. Nityanand Haldipur.

I remember those days when I was honestly trying to know more about Guruma Annapurna Devi. Though I could not meet Guruma, because of this thirst, I could know more about three beautiful persons on this earth- Pt. Nityanand Haldipur, Pt. Suhas Vyas and Prof. Roohikumar Pandya. At that time, I had taken tremendous efforts to find out the place of Annapurna Devi. I went to her apartment and was fortunate enough to meet Prof. Rooshikumar Pandya.

Today, I have my house at a distance of ten minutes walk from her place. My apartment faces the same sea. When I go to Mumbai, I cross her apartment twice a day. Guruma Annapurna Devi is so close. The tall Akashganga Tower is so close. But still, Guruma is far away, inside her apartment.

Every time, when I pass from  Akashganga. I sadly laugh on this coincidence relating to Annapurna Devi. So close, and still, so far. I am trying to reduce the distance from my side. I know, there is no distance created from Guruma’s side. I am the reason for the distance. It will vanish some day, I am sure.

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