In Passing: Classical realities

Updated - November 26, 2021 10:29 pm IST

Published - November 10, 2009 07:05 pm IST

CHENNAI:10-11-2006:For Friday Review: Flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar, performing, Hindustani Flute Concert at Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2006,Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: R_Shivaji Rao. NICAID:111971221

CHENNAI:10-11-2006:For Friday Review: Flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar, performing, Hindustani Flute Concert at Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2006,Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: R_Shivaji Rao. NICAID:111971221

When a classical musician begins to talk about reality shows for their genre, it’s time to sit up. Pandit Ronu Majumdar, renowned flautist who has also been nominated for the Grammy, feels, “Our music is in danger. The need of the hour for classical music to survive are reality shows on pure Indian classical music. I would love to make such a show but that is possible only with corporate backing.”

He also feels that the corporate world has a responsibility towards classical music and should do its bit in maintaining its popularity, otherwise “Classical music will be relegated to small private gatherings.” Strong words, some would say; but Majumdar, who has set up a school for Indian music, says that fusion music as well as reality shows can infuse that much-needed enthusiasm for classical music to gain popularity.

He feels his band ‘Vibrations’ will also be instrumental in getting across to the youth. Clearly his words will be music to others musician’s ears.

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