Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jebon mein hum raatein liye ghooma karen..

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Berthold Auerbach.

Listening to Aashish Khan on the sarod playing the deeply mellifluous Raga Chandranandan devised by his late father, I feel somehow more alive than I've felt in weeks. Perhaps it is because it starts off on a (to my ears) discordant, almost chaotic note and slowly but surely grows melodious and harmonious and ends in an incredible crescendo of joyful strumming. In a way, it reflects my own mental trajectory these past few days.

I've always thought of the sarod as a rather sombre instrument with the Raga Lalita Gauri being the traditional melancholy music that underscored melodramatically tragic scenes in old Hindi films. That's pretty much why I've been so wary of listening to it.

But I'm starting to discover its playful side. And what Chaitanya once scornfully called the "glorified Indian mandolin" is finally starting to appeal to me in ways that not much has these days.

It's like looking anew at an acquaintance you've vaguely known pretty much all your life but befriended only recently after a long heart-to-heart. Which is exactly what last night's conversation with S. felt like. I have her to thank for the recording that fills me with so much joy right now.

It'll be a while before I completely reconnect with the world I guess. But atleast there is this night - this magical musical marvellous night. Like there was Christmas eve. It's feels so good to be myself again.

38 comments:

mgeek said...

The title of the post is brilliant! Where from?

Tangled up in blue... said...

It's a song from Udaan. One called 'Geet (Kucch Naya to Zaroor Hai)'. It's an amazing line, isn't it? I was taking a walk one night and the song played on my iPod and I heard that line and went "Wow!", seriously, sometimes I suspect my iPod shuffle knows more about me than my conscious mind does. :D

Soumya said...

Loved the title and I can so relate to the post.

Music gave me the reason to live, when I had given up years ago.

Cheers,
Soumya

Sakshi said...

Hmm your sense of music is AWESOME :) Loved the title too :)

Tangled up in blue... said...

Soumya, welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for your comment. :) Music helps me sort out my thoughts in a way little else does. :) Cheers to you, too!

Sakshi, thank you sweetiepie! :)

DocPriya said...

nice post! And yes have heard the song! It has amazing lyrics.. and One of my resolutions this year has been to give time to listen to my fav music!

Tangled up in blue... said...

DocPriya, yeah I really like that the lyrics are so casually profound. And I wish I could spend more time listening to beautiful music and reading more books, too. That would definitely be a resolution to keep! :)

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