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Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan truly was a master of the sarod. He breathed the breath of life into every note, and it shows in his music. I truly, even with my studies in ethnomusicology, have only begun to scratch the surface of classical Indian music. It is so dense that it would take more than one lifetime to understand.

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3 responses

  1. Living in Britain, I have developed some knowledge of the way Asian Indians think and feel. Presented with a problem, they tend to jump in and worry about it later. They favour a seat-of-the-pants reaction to events as they transpire, rather than a carefully planned strategy. This, I notice, is often a characteristic of successful people the world over, although Indians demonstrate a greater tendency to help each other out when things go pear-shaped, which means they’re less likely to pay a heavy price for capriciousness.

    The problem with pre-planning is that we have to be able to anticipate all possible eventualities, which we cannot do. I’m linking improvisation (seat of the pants) versus ‘the symphony’ (careful planning) here, in case I’m becoming obtuse. There’s a sense of immaturity prevalent in the world today. We’re becoming prone to thinking ‘OK so we’ll do this and that and everything will be fine’. It won’t. The Universe doesn’t work like that, leaving the place littered with grand designs that have crashed to Earth.

    Having said all this, my book still spends some time discussing extended works. There are growing signs, looking at the work of young composers, that the architecture of extended works reached its ultimate development many years ago. Been there, done that, until the whole thing cycles round again.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

  2. Yeah man totally, my philosophy towards music has always been shoot from the hip and see what happens. Your book sounds cool man. Glad to have a commenter like yourself here. Cheers from America.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

  3. It’s a pleasure

    December 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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