Count your blessings!
The nuances and intricacies of Carnatic music are many, it may need multiple lives to master the art. This tamil month of “Margazhi” (mid December to mid January) in Chennai is a great time for the Carnatic music lovers - people in and around Chennai , people from other states in India and even people from abroad flock Chennai during this time to enjoy the music season – veterans in the field and the budding artists perform in various ‘sabhas’ (theatres) in the city.
While witnessing a live event is the best way to enjoy any performance, viewing the performance telecast in a television has its own advantage - we can continue with our daily schedules and catch up these telecast in our own living room. Jaya TV , a regional TV in Tamilnadu has made it possible for lakhs of viewers across the country to listen and view the performances of many great Carnatic music artists. Every day during this month, they have a telecast of one hour of these concerts titled as a program called “Marghazhi Maha Utsavam”. To make it more interesting, there is a short interview with the performing artists of the day – the questions are pretty much standard - your best moment, worst moment, etc.
Last week (having taken a vacation from work), I was watching the performance of Aruna Sairam. For beginners, Aruna Sairam is one of the greatest Carnatic musician – what makes her unique is that she started her career very late (After she married off her kids and completed her so called “parental duties”) and made it to the top in no time. She was completely involved in her singing which catches up on the viewers also. She looked so cheerful and happy!
Towards the end of the program, there was the short interview session – one of the questions was “What is that one important blessing you have got without asking?” and “What is that one blessing in your life which you are still awaiting to happen to you?”….She did not even wink a moment before she answered – she said “there was this sportsperson who won the highest order of the country and later in his life became bedridden at his young age. One of the reporters asked him “do you feel bad that you have ended up in this situation after all your successes in life?” The sportsperson said “No, I never questioned when I was the best sportsperson and how can i question now?. I can never question now and no rights to complain”. I also feel the same way. I think whatever I have got so far in my life are all blessings – you as the carnatic music fans are the best gift andthere is nothing like which I can ask for more.” - She reinforced that we can only COUNT OUR BLESSINGS!!!
note – this video is in the regional language ‘Tamil’
Though it is a well established fact to celebrate the blessings, it is always nice to hear it again – proved that her smartness reflects in things outside her art also!! God bless!! :) :)