The Absent Performer

The musician should be a worshipper of ragaswaras and laya. He should beseech each and every ragaswaras to bless him with their true splendour.

In really great music, as in all great art, the musician as an individual is absent. The performer is only a ‘medium’ through whom music flows without the hindrance of the musician as an individual. But for this to materialise, the musician should have a particular attitude, a particular vision which comes only through rigorous Riyaz or right honing of the nitty gritty of the art.

The musician should be a worshipper of ragaswaras and laya. He should beseech each and every ragaswaras to bless him with their true splendour. He is not a master of the ragaswaras, but a sevak/seeker/lover of them begging them with all humility to reveal themselves. If the musician thinks he has mastered the ragaswaras, and he can just beckon them at will, it means he still has to give up his ego which has no place in true music. Music teaches meekness, humility and absolute surrender. All musicians are seekers and not masters.

If one has such an attitude towards music, some enlightenment in music might happen.

By Panditji

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