Lessons In Music And Lessons Beyond Music
As a 32-year-old man with a deep regret of not having achieved anything worthwhile in life, I am always on the look out to do something better. If you ask my parents about me, they would define my actions with a famous quote “Nai vaaya vekra maadri ellathalayum vaya veipan sir avan”. For those who do not know Tamil, the quote can be translated as “Like how a dog eats, he eats everything”. This basically means that the dog does not eat one thing fully. It keeps jumping and tasting all the dishes and never completes anything.
My recent interest (now that it has surprisingly sustained for almost a year) is learning
vocal Carnatic music. When I felt that the Gods did not listen to my lamentations, I decided that I will torment them by singing and compel them to give me what I want. So, I found for myself a Guru (dispeller of darkness). I currently learn music under the tutelage of Shri Karaikal R Jaishankar.
These are times of quarantine (for those who read this after the Earth has been renewed, I think you can google to find articles about Corona and Home Quarantine). So, I have my classes online through the magic software called Skype. Today I had one such class.
My music classes are similar to Yoga classes …. The singing part is like a combined asana and pranayama session and the post music conversations are like meditations to reflect upon.
The Lessons in music today started from the sarali varisai, janta varisai, thattu varisai, alankaram, geetham and swarajathi (yeah am a dull student and I progress quite slowly). In Music, the Sruthi (Pitch) is like the breath (prana) on which one should focus while singing these lessons. Focus and me, I think we are miles apart. After the final closure Sa Pa Sa ( Notes sung to indicate end of class ) of today’s class, I had my lesson beyond music.
My Guru made few statements. Statements that became a question to ponder. He said to me, “I think birds and animals are much better than human beings. They say that the animals have five senses and the Humans have a “sixth sense” but I still feel animals are superior. The best thing about them is we can know an animal and its behaviour; its predictable, whereas humans are unpredictable by nature. We cannot determine how a human would behave or act in a situation. His/ Her statements differ in front of different people and they possess a nature called hypocrisy whereas animals don’t.”
While I did not much to contribute to what he said, It did leave me with some questions. So, let’s end this blog with some questions where we learn together different perspectives from your responses
(i) Is hypocrisy very natural to Humans? (Yes /No) and Why do you think so?
(ii) When have you acted with hypocrisy ?
(iii) Given that we have a Sixth sense, how do you think can one best use it?
(iv) What is your favourite Carnatic song and why?
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