Music learning thro guru ideal

V.B. Garde and K. Saraswathi Vidyarthi  

Members of the `House of Om', a rendezvous of the residents of Seashells apartments complex for meditation and getting systematically trained in rendering devotional music, organised a musical get-together with V.B. Gadre from Konya Mahavidyalay, (Kolhapur) of Sivaji University, who was in Visakhapatnam as part of his Southern sojourn.

He gave an absorbing account of his guru, the renowned vocal wizard and the maestro of Hindusthani tradition of music, Kumar Gandharva, and his evolvement of a revolutionery diction in its exposition.

Enlightening on the methods of his warm teaching, Prof. Gadre advised the young and upcoming artistes to develop the habbit of regular 'riaj' (practice) in the early hours in the morning and concentrate on perfect intoning of the notes in 'thristyayis' (three octaves) in 'thrikalams' (three speeds).

``Do not practise rigourously the 'aalapana' and the 'sargam' (swarakalpana) part, lest it gets grooved and the charmful expression of the extemporised part, the unique feature of the exposition of Indian classical music, is totally lost,'' he said and added that his guru used to insist that the variegated tints of the same swara (note), in its shortest form or otherwise, its 'pushti' (intensity), its attribute or fervour and so on should be thouroughly understood, assimilated and stored in mind by deep meditation as it occurred in a particular raga. ''These are some of the intricacies ordained in our classical music which have got to be learnt directly from a guru and not through computerised lessons.''

Later, the assistant professor in the AU Department of Music, K. Saraswathi Vidyardhi, was offered `Gurusatkar Samman'. She was also presented a shawl, a memento and new clothes by the proprietor of Vijay Nirman Company, S. Vijay Kumar.