Indian Classical music has been always considered a serious and stuff form of traditional music meant more for the wise and elderly. We can conjure up images of a septuagenarian artist with his accompanying artists on stage tuning his taanpura and holding his Sur in a meditative state. Even the audiences who appreciate classical music are learned or at the least initiated adults. It is difficult to associate fun frivolousness and children with this austere form. Even in child audiences of Indian classical music concerts, we see mini adults. Children who are musically gifted and those who have, through the aegis of their tutors and parents, made the austere life of practice and sadhana, a familiar place to be. We see these children precisely finding the ‘sum’ in a Hindustani concert or mouthing famous kriti lyrics in a carnatic concert. The typical sight is of the child being accompanied by a very enthusiastic parent who wishes one day to see their child on stage.
As an Indian classical music community we need to wake up.Classical music needs to become easy and accessible enough for every parent to look at it as a viable hobby or pursuit for their child and for every child to think of it as an engaging and fun thing to do.
This is a beautiful phenomenon and very unique to our classical music culture. But it does force us to look into how relevant classical music is to the lay child. The youngester who doesn’t have ‘musical genes’ or who doesn’t hail from a family of musicians. Or even a child who may not be naturally inclined to learn this form. Should they be excluded from reaping the huge benefits of learning classical music? Certainly not.
Classical music training has very deep benefits to offer every human being on this planet. Especially children. Learning classical music can make children more emotionally aware, calm and more musically inclined in general. It strengthenes concentration, improves breathing and fosters an appreciation of beauty and art.
So, now comes the burning question ‘How do we succeed in making Indian classical music accessible to the lay young person?’ I would say that we should start off by making it fun. By making it relatable. Classical music needs to become easy and accessible enough for every parent to look at it as a viable hobby or pursuit for their child and for every child to think of it as an engaging and fun thing to do. It has to be imparted in a way that makes it an easy activity. The tools to make this happen can be stories. Stories can be a framework to make classical music concepts and techniques fun to understand for a child. Making wares into characters and weaving interesting stories through musical melodies can make classical music engaging to children. We could make music come visually alive through graphics and animation so that the child can understand musical concepts using different faculties. We could create musical quizzes and games to keep the children’s’ minds sharp and racing while they still enjoy the musicality in the music they learn. Jokes and laughter should be an important part of music education too. Music instructors need to be taught the skill of relating to children without judgement or prejudice. Classical music has to become a natural and easy choice for playtime. While this approach may be contradictory to earlier practices of the strict gurukul approach, it may be an important way forward to carry forward our musical heritage.
We are at an important cultural juncture now. The number of people from newer generations interested in learning, preserving and taking forward classical music is waning. We have fewer audiences in classical music concerts. As an Indian classical music community we need to wake up. We need to create interest in our art from among children and cultivate in them an appreciation for our rich musical heritage. The only way to do this is through entering their wondrous and spectacularly creative world of laughter frolic and fun. This is the only way our traditional music can be carried forward to newer and newer generations.
The writer is a vocalist of both Hindustani and Carnatic Classical music, with over three decades’ experience. She is also the founder of Music Vruksh, a venture to make classical accessible for its aesthetic and wellness benefits.
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APPLAUSE ENTERTAINMENT BEGINS 2022 WITH A HAT-TRICK OF SHOW RELEASES IN JANUARY
Applause Entertainment has kick-started 2022 on a high note, with two back-to-back show releases. The Sameer Nair-headed content studio of the Aditya Birla Group started the year with a bang with ‘Kaun Banegi Shikharwati’ streaming on Zee5 and ‘Humble Politiciann Nograj’ streaming on Voot Select.
Now, Applause Entertainment is all set to score a hat-trick with Mohit Raina-fronted ‘Bhaukaal Season 2’, streaming on MX Player.
Interestingly, Bhaukaal Season 2 is Applause Entertainment’s 30th release since its inception, it is 10th offering on MX Player and also its seventh show to boast of a second season. The first season of ‘Bhaukaal’, which was released in early 2020, became a huge hit for its hard-hitting storyline based on a real-life super cop, Navniet Sekera. The second season of the show revolves around how this police officer in Muzaffarnagar, UP, busts the Dedha gang and brings law, order and peace to the region.
What makes this feat even more commendable is that Team Applause is constantly exploring different genres with every show. ‘Kaun Banegi Shikharwati’ produced in association with Emmay Entertainment, streaming on Zee5, is a story of a royal dysfunctional family featuring an ensemble of fantastic actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Karma, Anya Singh and Raghubir Yadav. The political satire, ‘Humble Politiciann Nograj’ produced in association with Firstaction Studios and Danish Sait, streaming on Voot Select, takes ahead the 2018 film with a new story running into 10 episodes. ‘Bhaukaal Season 2’ produced by Applause Entertainment in association with Baweja Studios Production has been eagerly awaited by the audience ever since it was announced post the release of its first outing.
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MUMBAI: Directed by Shakun Batra, Amazon Original Movie ‘Gehraiyaan’ stars Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa as leads along with Naseeruddin Shah and Rajat Kapur in pivotal roles.
Gehraiyaan will have its World Premiere on Amazon Prime Video across more than 240 countries and territories on 11 February 2022. Directed by the very talented Shakun Batra, Gehraiyaan is a relationship drama that looks beneath the surface of complex modern relationships, adulting, letting go and taking control of ones’ life path.
Speaking about the film, Deepika Padukone said, “Alisha, my character in Gehraiyaan is extremely close to my heart and certainly one of the most challenging characters I have portrayed on screen. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role that was fun and challenging at the same time.”
Ananya Panday said, “Shooting with the wonderful cast and crew of Gehraiyaan has been an absolute high point for me and I never wanted the shoot to end! There’s a certain realness to the story of Gehraiyaan; while the film dives into the complexity of relationships it also talks about the thrill of being in love, of discovering oneself and charting ones’ path.”
ALIA BHATT CLOTHES THE NEEDY
NEW DELHI: Pretty Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, who will soon be seen in S Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’, is now giving back to the community through a new initiative. She launched Ed-a-Mamma, a conscious clothing brand for kids, a while back and has now kicked off a ‘Buy1Give1’ initiative, which will provide basic clothing for underprivileged children. For this initiative, every purchase made on their website will be matched with a garment donated by Ed-a-Mamma for a child in need. Ed-a-Mamma has partnered with Goonj – a renowned NGO working across India that focuses on clothing as a basic, yet unaddressed need. Alia Bhatt said, “With Ed-a-Mamma, I set out to create a world that nurtures in children, a love of nature. Knowing full well that they will look after what they love. The Buy1Get1 initiative will be used to gift garments to children in need and we hope to make kids understand the joy of sharing with people who are less fortunate.”So while the actress’ career is flying high and she is busy with numerous films, Alia has not forgotten those in need.
SIDDHANT BRINGS A LUXURIOUS HARLEY DAVIDSON HOME
MUMBAI: Actor Siddhant Chaturvedi recently brought home a luxurious Harley Davidson Sportster S, making him the first person in India to have the bike.
The ‘Gehraiyaan’ actor took to his social media to share the news of the same with his fans and followers. The actor, who rose to fame with MC Sher from Gully Boy, has certainly come a long way in the matter of just 3 years, which is a rather remarkable feat.
On the work front, Siddhant is currently gearing up for Shakun Batra’s next ‘Gehraiyaan’. He also has ‘Phone Booth’, ‘Yudhra’ and ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ in the pipeline.
SONAL CHAUHAN TO PLAY LEAD IN AKKINENI NAGARJUNA’S THE GHOST
MUMBAI: Akkineni Nagarjuna’s ‘The Ghost’ is a much-anticipated film ever since its announcement. Earlier it was said that the Bollywood star, Jacqueline Fernandez was cast for the film however, the word on the block is that the talented Sonal Chauhan will be playing the lead opposite Nagarjuna instead of Jacqueline.
That’s right, Sonal Chauhan fans are in for a treat as they get to see their favourite actress on the silver screen. A source close to the film said “Makers felt Sonal Chauhan was the best fit for the lead role opposite Nagarjuna in ‘The Ghost’. They felt both the actors Sonal and Nagarjuna would make for a fine on-screen pair and that’s when they approached her. The two are definitely going to portray some great chemistry in the film.”
SALMAN TO FEATURE IN GURU RANDHAWA’S NEW SONG
MUMBAI: Superstar Salman Khan will be seen flaunting his acting skills in singer Guru Randhawa’s new song ‘Main Chala’.
Female vocals of the track have been lent by Lulia Vantur, and the female artist who will be featuring alongside Salman is Pragya Jaiswal. On Tuesday, Guru Randhawa took to Instagram and shared the update with his fans.
“Love will be in air with #MainChala! Song releasing on 22nd January. Stay Tuned,” he wrote.
He tagged Salman Khan and Pragya in the comments. Produced by Salma Khan, the romantic track will be out on January 22.
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