Sunday, 6 December 2015

Balancing the duality

Music is dual in nature and needs a complementary character especially in rhythm. If there is a Main beat (Sum) there is one secondary main beat (Khali) to complement. If there is a dominant chord or vaadi swar there is a subdominant chord and a samvadi swar. If there is bass sound there is treble to complement. If there is a sharper note there is a flatter note too.

And just like any other art-form of dual nature, for example photography, where one looks for a balance of light and dark shades, color balance, it is nothing but a matter of striking a right balance a right mix of those two aspects. Music is in finding the right balance of notes, tones, aaroha (ascent) and avaroha (descent) or bass and treble - just like one finds a middle path - a balance from two extremes in life. Life is balance, Music is Balance.

Friday, 30 October 2015

All Out for No Loss!

Boss, Worth all wonders and praises: here is 'Saskia Rao-de Haas' playing Indian Classical in her own uniquely wholesome Indian style, leaving aside all the slightest of indications of western origins of cello - as if it had been here with us for centuries, hidden in a dark corner - waiting for it's turn to be played out in hands of someone like Saskia.

It may need a centuries worth of efforts, listening and practice yet it all sound and look so effortless as if sheer talent is flowing from her hand  - from left to right and right to left of the cello bridge - carving it all round all indian and leaving the audience awestruck and enthralled - all out.. for no loss!!