When I was a senior in college, I was entrusted with the task of auditioning and choosing singers for an upcoming group music competition. It was going to be an inter collegiate contest and I had to pick and train the best singers from among the first-year students. I was fortunate to listen to a wide gamut of talented singers and it was a pleasure to hear them. But, today, many years later, among all those candidates, I still remember only one.
She wasn’t the best trained, she wasn’t the one with the best vocal range or with the best repertoire of songs. She was a simple girl with a simple voice. Completely uninitiated into formal musical training, she had come into the audition with nothing else but just a desire to sing and to be heard. As she opened her mouth to sing, I got lost in the earnestness and simplicity of her singing. It was pure joy, and I saw my intellect switch off and my heart just tune in to her voice and her presence. Aruna left a lasting impact in my mind. Her earnestness, her desire to just melt into her own singing, and her pure and simple notes, told me who she was and what her soul was trying to communicate through her music.
As humans, we are innately intuitive and we pick up signals very well. Which is why we did not really need formal language to communicate when we started off as apes. Love, affection, rebellion and anger were all easily communicated through body language and facial expression. Babies, for example, can sense who they can trust and who they can’t, without even being able to think. It’s an instinct they are gifted with for survival.
Even as adults, when we communicate, what we pick up usually is not what the other person is saying, but what he or she means. We can sense disapproval, acceptance, warmth, dislike, trepidation and even suspicion from the undertones of a conversation, irrespective of what words the person uses.
Music is no different. We can see this countless times in music performances. The same Raag (melodic scale in classical music) can be sung in so many different ways depending on who is performing and what the artist communicates through the rendition. One can sense a wide range of undertones in a performance, ranging from arrogance and vanity to humility and submission. From anger and aggression to warmth and compassion. From greed and self-centeredness to selflessness and divinity.
I am reminded of a performance I once heard, by an extremely talented musician. His performance was an unimaginable display of musical prowess, a vocal range one can only aspire for after decades of relentless training and a flexibility of voice that was unparalleled. It was a perfect performance and was flawless. But what was communicated through the music was only a desire to showcase his vocal skills. It happens surprisingly often that we come across extremely well-trained artists who are still to learn humility, compassion and love. This reflects strongly in their music. On the contrary I have also come across singers from all walks of life, including those who sing in trains and on the roads for a few pennies, who have brought me to tears with the earnestness, humility and pain they communicate through their music.
This is not to say that training and the rigour of practice and Riyaaz holds no water. Certainly, innate prowess, persistent practice and development of technique are extremely important. But that alone cannot suffice. Those are tools to allow the person in the music to come forth and connect with others, the person who can, through music, bare his or her heart and share his or her soul to the audience.
The most powerful melody is not one that is flawless. The most powerful melody comes from the soul that powers the music. It is one that is unsung.
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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RADHIKA MADAN RECEIVES COVID-19 VACCINE SHOT
MUMBAI: Actor Radhika Madan informed her fans that she got vaccinated against the coronavirus on Wednesday, and also urged everyone to register for the same with a social media post. Taking it to her Instagram handle, Radhika shared a picture of herself getting vaccinated at a dispensary.
In the caption, she wrote, “One step at a time #Vaccinated”. She further urged everyone to get themselves registered for their shot and while adhering to all the precautions and discipline at the vaccination centres. “Wear double mask, sanitize your hands, maintain distance and don’t panic. Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep the day before and stay well hydrated #FightCorona,” Radhika concluded.
Earlier stars like Salman KhanHema Malini, Anupam Kher, Johnny Lever, Saif Ali Khan, Kamal Haasan, Satish Shah and others had also received the vaccination shots. Bollywood actors are constantly striving to create awareness against COVID-19 as well as offering assistance in arranging necessities via their social media.
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How excited are you to be back on screen with Alt Balaji show Hai Taubba? How did you bag the role?
Balaji is like a family to me now, working with them since a long time is like working with your loved ones.
Hai Taubba is a story, which has all the emotions which one could feel, and after doing a few grey shades / character I am really excited to play this emotional one which has the same sex love story.
What does your character look like in the show Hai Taubba? How relatable it is?
I am playing Nitin’s character who is a masculine physiotherapist, looks like a strong alpha man but from inside he is really very emotional, falls for a taxi driver Amit. We will see an unsaid love story between them and the separation will make people cry.
You have done TV shows as well, how different was doing a show for OTT platform?
Yes, I have done TV shows as well and I felt, life gets monotonous while doing TV. And the content we created on web now a day really satisfies the hunger of creative minds. We play a lot of character in a short span of time and explore a lot.
How was the experience working with the co actors?
It was fun working with all of them. When you go outdoors for work, you enjoy more and spend a lot of time together while working and shooting, so you make friends, which is a good part of it. Even chilling in Goa after the packup was a great fun. Overall have some good memories of screen as well.
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MUMBAI: Hansal Mehtas directorial ‘Omerta’ was released three years ago on Tuesday. He talked about the film and said Rajkummar Rao’s performance stands tall among their projects together. Hansal shared the poster on Instagram of the film and wrote: “3 years of #Omerta. A film I’m super proud of. A performance by Raj that stands tall in our work together.”
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Sharing her experience about singing this song exclusively with The Sunday Guardian, Payal says, “It’s an honour to sing for Himesh Reshammiya and we have previously collaborated on movies like ‘Happy Hardy’ and ‘Heer’. I’m a fan of his compositions which are unique and sure-shot hits. When he reached out to me for ‘Dil De Diya’, I was super excited as working with him and Salman Khan is always challenging and fun. The song is such a vibe that it gives a nostalgic feeling every time I hear it. When I got to know this song is for ‘Raadhe’ I was over the moon to be part of such a brilliant album. I am a huge fan of Salman. Post recording the song, he heard the song and really liked my voice and versatility. I’m thankful to Himesh and Salman for giving me this opportunity.” Currently, the singer is judging a singing reality show, IPML on Zee TV.
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MUMBAI: Jacqueline Fernandez, on Tuesday, announced the launch of her ‘You Only Live Once’ foundation to create and share stories of kindness amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking to her Instagram handle, Jacqueline announced the launch of the YOLO Foundation; an initiative to create and share stories of kindness in these challenging times.
In the caption, Jacqueline wrote, “We have this one life, let’s do whatever we can to make a difference in this world!! I am proud to announce the launch of the YOLO Foundation; an initiative to Create and Share Stories of Kindness.”
She further added, “In these challenging times, the Yolo Foundation has partnered with several NGOs to help in whichever way we possibly can. Watch this space to know how you can contribute and make a difference to the lives around you #staysafe #spreadlove #helpothers”
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