Thursday, August 16, 2007

2 pages from the last 15 days

Worldly pursuits kept me away from this space for the last fortnight but life happened while I was busy making 'strategic' plans. Allow me to share a couple of pages from the last 15 days.

Independence Eve in a taxi between Gurgaon and Delhi Airport
That’s how I spent that evening. Breaking my code of keeping this space free from bad experiences, I have to talk about this. Twice I have missed my flight from Delhi airport because of traffic madness between Gurgaon and Delhi airport. The latest happened on the eve of Independence…it took me 3 hours 30 minutes to reach a destination which shouldn’t take more than half an hour. Fabulous growth has happened in this satellite city of Delhi in a fabulously unplanned manner, leading up to road chaos, highly constipated traffic, road accidents, power cuts and a backache because of that 3 and half hour inside the taxi.

A 16-year-old stole my heart on a breezy Friday evening
She came dressed in an elegant black frock, sat on the pianoforte and played Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’, a Sonata in C, in its totality with the finesse and √©lan of a mature musician. Later, she went on to play ‘Nocturne in E’ by Chopin, ‘Impromptu No.4’ by Schubert and a Polka by Berkeley with the same confidence and skill. Only when she got up to accept the warm accolades of the audience and a bouquet from National Center For The Performing Arts (NCPA), her shy girlishness got exhibited. Her name is Anushka Godinho and she started learning music at the age of 5.

This happened at a beautiful Western Classical concert we (me and my good friend) went for at the NCPA, Mumbai last Friday. This great institution provides a very useful platform to these budding artistes to display their talent. It helps nurture & support new talent and keeps the genre of Western Classical music alive…a great effort, I must say!

The other musicians of the evening were 2 young men. A 20-year-old Classical guitarist, Samuel Lewis from Bombay and 23-year-old, Murugesan on Recorder from Pondicherry. Samuel (who also plays the Organ) performed Bach, Tarrega, Albinez on the nylon strings with perhaps the passion and memory of the composers themselves. He ended the evening with a beautiful version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’.

Murugesan handled compositions of Debussy, Vivaldi & Purcell. Personally, I don’t like Recorder as an instrument so I shall reserve my comments on the same. Think I will do the same for Murugesan.

Hope this description of that lovely evening cancelled out the negative energy emanating from my first experience.

Later, that evening I enjoyed some scotch and conversation with a couple of old friends (including the good friend mentioned earlier).

7 comments:

phish said...

sounds absolutely lovely. i spent that particular evening wrestling a non-idea, a skipping rope and probiotic dahi. ah urban angst. i need a madna.

meraj said...

probiotic dahi....how is it? worth trying?

Smiling Dolphin said...

did you get a picture of anushka at the piano?

Smiling Dolphin said...

just read about your birthday on manish's blog. belated wishes, may you enjoy a sunny year with a bit of music, a lot of scotch, and make a trip to little torda before the next one...

meraj said...

many thanks for the thoughtful wishes...will surely make a trip to little Torda once i am back from the little island in the South...Lanka.

and no, i didnt take the pic as it distratcts the performer. and perhaps it wasnt allowed for the same reason. did not check...anyway, i was too mesmerized to do anything beyond enjoying her presence & music :)

Smiling Dolphin said...

aah, shades of cheeni kum there. i was joking about the pic:-).

POOJA NAIR said...

I tried posting a comment yesterday but clearly it didn't work.

So, here goes again....

Truely enchanting description... waiting to hear more.. believe you are visiting the south of the isle today...

Enjoy and tell us more!