“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends”Alphonse de Lamartine
Life is a journey. Bharata Muni describes the emotions humans go through in “Navarasa”. All humans go through the feelings but in varied proportions. Success-Failure, happiness-sorrow, Victory-loss, all are there and many times cyclic, as if a shadow of one another.
In pursuit of success, humans have drifted away from remaining to be in equilibrium. Changing times have changed the way humans live. The more technology entered the lives, the more drifted the humans are and have increasingly become hollow. How else we can understand 800,000 people committing suicide every year due to depression around the world, that is, one person in every 40 seconds and majority belonging to the age group of 15 to 29, isn’t it frightening?
On a World Music Day” when the world is celebrating music, why are we talking about sad things in life?
To lead a satisfying life, balance is needed, and it comes in pursuit of fine arts, be it learning, practising or just listening/watching. Music brings happiness and cures. Recall the lullaby the mother sings to get connected to the child? Music is not just a medium of entertainment but is an integral part of living. Music resonates our emotions. Research affirms the enormous power music has and music therapy is increasingly employed to bring back and maintain the physical, physiological and social well-being of individuals. Music is such an art that connects people crossing the geographical boundaries.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”Bob Marley
To celebrate music and bring all the musicians and those who have a passion for music including folk artists, Maurice Fleuret and Jack Lang who were in the Ministry of Culture, France, designated 21 June as “Fête de la Musique” and celebrated for the first time in 1982. Ever since the day is celebrated as “World Music Day” the world over with people from more than 130 countries joining the celebrations.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought unthought-of restrictions with social distancing has become a new norm. The world is going through a stressful period with fear of the possibilities. One de-stressing instrument is music.
Great Balamurli singing “Nagumomu kanaleni” in Abheri,
MS bringing divinity while singing Rajaji’s “Korai Onrum Illai” in Raagamalika,
Balamurali and Bhimsen Joshi, competing with each other in bringing the nuances of Carnatic and Hindustani music in the Jugalbandi “Sangeethame Swarasuka Dayi..” in Yaman and Malkauns.
There is so much to enjoy if only we are ready to cultivate the habit.
When this “ToonLog” is being written, Rickey Kej is leading the virtual concert reciting “My Earth Songs – Concert for Every Child” in support of UNICEF.
Let us celebrate Music.
Happy World Music Day!