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What carnatic music means to me

Posted: August 13, 2015 in Music

The thunderous applause that M.S Subbulakshmi received at the end of ‘Maitreem Bhajata’ song at the UN General Assembly hall is in many ways a proof of the fact that music knows no boundaries of language and culture.

I have grown up in a traditional Tamil household where the Venkateshwara Suprabhatam resonates with the morning rays of the sun, a cup of filter coffee (Bournvita for a kid :P). As a kid, I was never particularly interested in classical music that would keep playing on the music system. I went to music classes just because every other kid in my neighbourhood did and because my mother insisted that I learn to sing.

So, even though I was exposed to Carnatic music at a very early age, I was never really influenced by it and neither was I particularly interested in other genres.

However, as I grew up, I became particularly fond of listening to MS Subbulakshmi’s songs. Her songs carried a lot of ‘Bhakti’ and ‘Bhava’ (devotion and emotion) and left me mesmerised even hours after I would stop listening to her music. To me, her soulful rendition was a proof of her devotion and attachment towards the art. Hence, the legend MS Subbulakshmi’s songs paved the way for what Carnatic music┬ámeans to me today.