Thoughts on Music


It is not just the pathos in the voice of a musician that brings tears to the eyes of the listeners. It is the involvement of the artist in the very act of singing that draws tears. Sudip Mukerji, a connoisseur friend of mine, posted an anecdote on Ghagge Khudabaksh which reads as follows: “When Tears Became a Taboo — It is said that Ghagge Khudabaksh (1790-1880), of Agra, creator of the harmonious blend of the Drupad and Khayal Gayaki, noted for his melodious voice, had such pathos in......

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September 11, 2015

Flow in Music

Flow in music is that which comes out naturally and automatically without your having to think about the moves and turns. It happens when you are bone-marrow drenched in the raga, when you have totally...


September 11, 2015

My obeisance to my Guru on Guru Poornima

Musical vocalization has two centres of activity, one psychological and another physiological. Although musical sounds, in terms of notes, are made in the area of the larynx, it is the mind which is the centre...


September 10, 2015

Why do I sing ?

My profession for thirty five years was teaching English Literature and Linguistics in college and at the University and I was quite happy with it. That was my bread and butter matter. But life is...


September 10, 2015

Sing like yourself

Beauty in music cannot be applied from the outside. Beauty comes from within you in your singing. It is a state of the mind and the fruit of intelligent Riyaaz under the guidance of the...


August 16, 2015

Is it necessary to sing Rare/Apprachalit Ragas?

Reading my Facebook notes on music, a young talented musician enquired me if it was important to sing rare ragas, to what kind of audience and why. Since she has been discussing this problem with...


July 29, 2015

What makes me Sing?

Why do I sing? My profession for thirty five years was teaching English Literature and Linguistics in college and at the University and I was quite happy with it.That was my bread and butter matter....


July 10, 2015

How does a Young Musician grow into a Mature Artiste?

What does a talented,young musician do after learning from a good guru for 10-15 years?  At this stage he should seriously think about the growth of his music,the maturity in his singing or even search...


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