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Listening to the ‘right’ music

At various points in our life, different kinds of music would be ‘right’ for us- there is no ONE overarching form that would fulfill all our needs beyond an immediate span of time. Therefore we need to recognize that the phrase ‘right music’ is not a prescription, but a recommendation which is suitable to our work, our engagements and our vocation at the time of evaluating what could be ‘right’ for us then.

 Hansadhwani Foundation is committed to music education, research and its applied aspects in various domains, viz. health, education, well being, social construction and an overall aesthetic development of individuals and the world around us. As this is our goal, we would also like to time and again offer to our students, researchers and learners insights to develop their listening skills- in a manner that hones their overall musical comprehension and intelligence.

In the world today, young people are flooded with a big variety of sounds that are as abundant in their presence as conflicting in their messages. Not only are musical genres competing within one another, even within the same genre there are hundreds or thousands of artists to listen to- thanks to social media. One is confused by the options available and it is not easy for a beginner to distinguish a good artist- from a performer. It is therefore necessary that teachers not only teach their students how to sing, but also how to listen to good musicians, and in what manner to appreciate their music.

Naturally enough youth at an elementary level (this would include most students of bachelor’s and master’s levels of degrees here) of music cannot understand what is going on in a maestro’s performance. Yet that is also a starting point of them beginning to appreciate the nuances of the music itself. Such a task cannot be accomplished without due intervention by someone who acts as a bridge- between an expert and a novice. Some part of this blog is therefore dedicated to that effort- in making music more comprehensible to  students of music.

We hope to make regular postings to this blog on the various aspects of the ragas the students are being taught and  other allied areas- both as a matter of developing appreciation, sensitivity and a wider knowledge of the musical journey they have embarked upon.