Durga Jasraj on her tele-show on music “Idea Jalsa”.
These days, Durga Jasraj is busy with her music serial on Doordarshan “Idea Jalsa”. Besides her other professional engagements which include being a member of the Censor Board, Durga is not just producing but co-hosting the show with Annu Kapoor. She says her dedication to the show is invincible and she wants to make it a success. Excerpts from an interview:
What is “Idea Jalsa” all about?
We are not promoting any particular artist but rather trying to create a window of introduction to all the genres of Indian music. Pandit Jasraj is the founder patron of the Indian Music Academy and it is his vision of promoting various forms of Indian music through platforms like “Idea Jalsa” that we are implementing.
The idea is to give a platform to all young deserving musicians of different forms of Indian music and making it into a TV series that will create the next generation of Indian music listeners.
How is it an exceptional TV show?
All maestros of every generation of every genre of Indian music are coming together to perform on one single platform with great team spirit.
The overwhelming responses from the audiences across the country make it one of the most successful series ever before. Something of this magnitude on Indian music and that too on TV has never happened before in history.
Does this promote a higher level of music perception and appreciation?
Yes, it does it in its own way. Besides the music, the state-of-the-art sets, lights, packaging and crisp presentation have played an equally important role in attracting the appreciation and overwhelming response from the audience across all age groups.
How is this different from the radio programme “Anuranjini”?
It is different because of the medium where the visual element has to be at par with the audio content if not better.
What is the present perspective of the Censor Board (Central Board of Film Certification) of India?
The Board works under the Cinematograph Act 1952 and the rules made therein. Though it may appear to many that the Act is archaic, the guidelines are general in nature. We interpret them in the contemporary context.