An art form that has hundred’s of years of experience cannot be wiped out easily, so is the case with classical music that still continues to survive in pockets and with some dedicated patrons. As with any dying art, it’s revival and resurrection largely depends upon infusion of the young to carry the tradition forward and keep it alive. Indian classical music, whether Hindustani or Carnatic is no different, both are fighting their respective battles for the same cause. The survival of an art form also, to some extent, depends on how relevant the current generation finds it to be. A stubborn art form that refuses to change with changing times almost surely set’s itself up for extinction.
Indian classical music has also survived quite well so far, due to more and more youngsters willing to take the mantle from aging practitioners of the art form and also because it is open to experimentation to make it as much palatable to the younger audiences as possible. My interest in Indian Classical music (Hindustani) was inspired by a song that was an fusion of pure classical music and western beats. I also would have to credit for this interest, a friend who had learnt Hindustani Classical on violin and helped me get introduced to newer ragas and it’s nuances. Nonetheless, I wanted to present a chance for all to listen to this beautiful composition set in Raag Durga (Late Evening Raga). The interesting part of this song is that it introduces us to the enchanting sound of Sarangi (stringed musical instrument) another instrument that is fast losing it’s presence. After I heard this song I heard many compositions in the same Raaga and also started exploring many other Raagas. I can only hope you love it just as much as I did when I heard it the first time. Hope classical music continues to reinvent itself and survives and gives us many such tunes to enjoy.