27 October 2013

SG not equals Sharmila Ghose:-)

After the quiet evening yesterday, came the loud evening today. Really loud. At the Selena Gomez show chaperoning Nikita and her two friends.
Now, most of you know that I am as much conversant with Western music as I am with the inner workings of the Higgs Boson theory πŸ™‚ As a result, I have no clue what they are singing or which one is Selena, for that matter. Without my red wine, I would have been a nervous wreck by now!
That said, I am amazed by a few things in Western music compared to the Indian music I practice or listen to (admittedly it is not Bollywood music).
1. The sheer amount of energy. This is not a great orator moving the crowd with brilliance of words. Most of the audience can barely see the singer. But a couple of familiar songs into the show, the crowd is on its feet breaking into dances as if in a trance!! The music that I grew up with – the audience would quietly listen and give an approving nod or a smile at the end if it was a great rendition.
2. The ability of the singers to run all over the stage, jumping, hopping and yet singing along without missing a note. How they don’t pant and lose breath, I can’t understand. I can barely say a few words after a quarter mile run! Singers that I grew up with would sit in one place for hours. Harmonium was about the only exercise they got!
3. So much else goes on with the song. The pyrotechnics, stagecraft, lights, waving of LEDs, megawatts of sound. The music I grew up with was bereft of all these.

The power of Western music, I am learning, can move a large crowd physically off its feet, at once.
The power of Eastern music that I grew up with, I know, transcends the person, one at a time.

I am absolutely fascinated by the power of both!!


Posted October 27, 2013 by Rajib Roy in category "My Family


  1. By Antara Choudhuri (Post author) on

    Call me old, But I can’t relate to Selena Gomez or Miley Cirus music either! Disney has a “different” taste in music it seems!

  2. By Alfred Kallingal (Post author) on

    U are comparing apples and oranges…western pop and Indian classical. Ur comments on Indian classical would apply to western classical as well. Red wine at the concert or after? πŸ™‚

  3. By Rajib Roy (Post author) on

    Alfred, I always wanted to learn Western classical but never got a chance to. I am still fascinated by the differences…

  4. By Ananda Rakhit (Post author) on

    Rajib – You met him at the Johns Creek Lifetime Fitness? He used to visit sometimes when he was being mentored by Usher here in Atlanta !!! LOL!

  5. By Trey Warren (Post author) on

    Rajib, I enjoyed your story. It reminded me of taking Lindsey to a ‘Backstreet Boys’ concert years ago.


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