Wednesday, August 23, 2006

"You will not be able to bring my Ganga here"

Read the article here.
Another related article from the archives here.

I still remember a very young me, bleary-eyed, dropping off to sleep and yet retaining the sweetness of sound in my ears as I lay on my parents lap during a SPIC MACAY performance. Since then, I have heard a few of his live concerts, definitely not as many as I would have liked to attend, and now I regret there will be no more. None of that magnitude, that charisma, the mischief and the humbleness - such a potent combination. An end of an era.

And finally, the sounds of his music.


At 9:19 PM, Blogger Joy Forever said...

As shehnai is synonymous with weddings, similarly shehnai is also synonymous with Ustad Bismillah Khan. I never had the fortune to hear him live. I have only heard his recordings. Mesmerizing as his music was, the thing I liked most about this man is his humility. His last days were spent in poverty but he refused to ask for any favours.
Truly, the end of an era. I'm surprised it didn't make the first page in all papers.

At 6:26 AM, Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

There was something quite boyish, even angelic, about the man. Iknow very little about Indian classical music but I think there was a purity about his music that no one else has.

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Bidi-K said...

joy: but i thought it did, i mean make it to the first page?
gotj: yes the purity came from the complete non-commercialisation of his music, I believe :) and of course from a very pure soul.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Joy Forever said...

Not in all newspapers... for example, not in The Telegraph I think.


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