Despite professional careers, a few music lovers manage not to turn a deaf ear to music
Is there a moment when we don’t hum, play drum on our table with our fingers or tap the feet with music in our mind? Probably not. At times there is music in our mind even we wake up in the middle of the night. All of us could be the bathroom singers but there are some who saw potential in their own and took to music for the love of it. So much so that, even age couldn’t stop them from becoming a student and learn with kids younger than one’s own children.
It is World Music Day today and some of the music lovers are pursuing their love despite their professional commitments and they love the balance.
Parvathy Krishnan’s love for the drums dates back to her days of Phantom comics but she hasn’t been able to actually ‘beat’ one until she turned a little over 40 years. The moment she lay her hands on the drum she knew she was good at it and her teacher made her more confident about her performance and calibre. These days Parvathy plays with Deccan Voice and is gearing up for a concert to be held on World Music Day.
She says, “It is not about age, that’s what I realised. It is about what you want to do. Playing the drums make me triumphant as I am able to turn my wish into a reality. My music batch mates are kids of all age groups but that only helps me to learn better,” says Parvathy. She runs a private consultation firm and performs when the need arises. “It refreshes my soul,” she says.
Parvathy is one of the many people who allow music to be a part of their life irrespective of what they do in their professionally and they are loving both.
But things weren’t the same for techie Cherian Koshy. As a student doing his sound engineering he had to make a choice between music and a regular job.
“I love music but I also wanted a regular job where I can utilise my engineering skills. When I got into a place where I can work and also play music during breaks it was an offer I couldn’t decline.
To keep the musical connect in me alive I play whenever I can with a band on Fridays on friendly arrangement and I am very contented. The gigs I do with them marks the beginning of my weekend,” says Cherian who works with Google, Hyderabad.
That music has no geographical boundaries reflects in Joe Koster’s effort. Stationed in Hyderabad on a NGO project, Joe realised there were very few opportunities for western musician to jam. As an NGO activist Joe works with different sections of society and loves to unwind with his musical group.
“With a few like minded friends we started the Deccan Voices and we sing and educate about Western Music. This sometimes is more fun than my work,” he laughs. Joe also teaches music at his house in Mahindra Hills.
Also gearing up for her first duet performance at an event by Deccan Voices on World Music day is Ratna who works with a niche consultant firm who deals with social enterprise consulting. Ratna who played western classical piano haven’t touched the piano in ages, “but I am not going to play the piano, I will be singing this time. I have sang earlier in a choir. This time it will be a duet and I am very excited,” says Ratna.