Indian Classical music is deep, very deep. The great indian classical music maestro Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt came dowm to perform at our campus yesterday. This was done as a part of the inauguration of the SPIC-MACAY chapter at IIM Lucknow. SPIC-MACAY stands for ‘Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Among the Youth!’
For an hour, the entire audience was mesmerised, erupting only occasionally in bursts of applause. The show started with Pandit-ji telling us about how ‘rich’ indian classical music is. Particularly, he said:
Music is Spiritual and belongs to this time ans place. Whatever we are going to play today has not been planned and has not been played before. We are just playinng Raagas – but exactly what we play belongs to this time and place and will not be repeated tommorow. That is the beauty of Indian Classical Music.
The Youth tells us that Indian Classical music is slow. We will prove today that indian classical music can be 3 to 4 times faster than anything they have heard before!
Beggining with this, for the next hour or so, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on the Mohan Veena (which by the way is an instrument created by the maestro himself!) and Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra embarked on an hour of music that is among the most memorable music pieces that I have heard.
There were 3-4 bursts of applause form the audience at specific ‘moments of brilliance’ and pin-drop silence at other times. However, what I found most interesting was this – the maximum applause came at a point when the maestros took us to a crescendo. The audience continued to clap for around 2 minutes and Pandit-ji was enjoying the admiration. When the audience stopped clapping, Pandit-ji announced that that was it, thank you very much! … I realized that the audience and the performers were really in union. It was almost like the audience ‘knew’ that this was the end – and mind you, majority of the audience at IIM Lucknow would not be connoissuers of Indian Classical Music and regular listeners. This clearly shows that music transcends language, familiarity and boundaries!
Both pictures courtsey: Hansraj Mishra