Never Ignore Your Passions in Music and Performing Arts
I had learned to play tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. I was privileged to get the support of both parents in learning something about music. They always encouraged me to take up whatever subjects I liked to test.
I didn't neglect my passions for music and other art forms during my young age.
Fortunately, my parents, especially my mother, wanted all their children to learn either classical music, dance, painting, or any form of the performing arts. I was assigned a tabla teacher (guru) when I was studying in standard two in elementary school.
Tabla has been in the domain of performing art for hundreds of years. In the old days, the kings and emperors of the Indian sub-continent had supported eminent musicians with handsome scholarships.
Tabla is one of the finest percussion instruments that can produce superior sounds. Tabla has now accepted as an instrument for solo performances.
I had learned tabla for many years. Later, when I reached college, I learned to play harmonium, a keyed instrument similar to an organ but much smaller in size. I started to accompany Indian classical vocal singers on harmonium.
Music was in my deep-rooted feelings. I couldn't separate music and academics from my life. Both became like a fine fabric woven by an unknown creator. I enjoyed wearing music and academics without any distinction. It was so natural.
During my doctoral research studies, it was about five long years in Bombay (Mumbai), when I spent a lot of time on musical practicing and listening.
I attended many musical soirees featuring great musicians, including late Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and many more stalwarts with expert accompaniments on the tabla by Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Kumar Bose, etc.
In 2007, I intentionally quit a permanent government R&D job and entered the arena of teaching in private engineering colleges. Maybe, I was bored with the bureaucratic anarchy and wastage of citizens' money on experimental R&D, which never saw the light of utilization.
The very busy academic administration took my time and peace of mind.
I got a horrible taste of private academics. I got very little time to enjoy music, film, and other art forms. Lately, I realized what I was missing. In 2016, I revisited my musical mentor Acharya Jayanta Bose in Kolkata (Calcutta).
In 2019, I started a new journey when I quit all full-time job assignments. As I slowly connected the missing dots of self-employment and entrepreneurship, the so-called pandemic (we may call it a 'plandemic' or 'scamdemic') broke in 2020.
All my offline entrepreneurial engagements were blocked by the enforced 'pandemic-induced' lockdowns. My student mentoring venture was stopped.
Now, as we know, "better late than never," and so, I am continuing with my experimental research development on information security, especially password security. My musical mind is still living with some hopes.
I recently joined ReadCash and connected with @SolarPhasing, who has been creating brilliant digital music. I am thinking of indulging in music again.
I will get a new pair of tabla, and get my harmonium tuned again.
Maybe, I will also get acquainted with audio/video recording using various open-source software. With some inspiration from online friends, I will let my creative mind try improvising with popular tunes.
I experienced an empty feeling when I stayed almost entirely away from music for many years. I suffered mentally but couldn't realize the real reasons. Lately, I realized what I was missing. Music is the food for our souls.
I wish you will not make such a mistake of ignoring your passions in music and any other performing art, or fine art, such as painting, sculpting, pottery, etc. It can be any creative activity that gives you the solace of mind.
Human life doesn't need many costly things to satisfy inner desires. The mind may ask for something, but the real world will deliver earthly objects. Every individual has their own way of quenching the thirst of the mind. Music and arts are such things that no costly object can ever give you.
If you like any extra-curricular subjects, please don't delay pursuing them.
Never keep yourselves away from your passions in any performing arts, such as music, dance, sculpting, painting, etc., because of your professional works.
Find and interact with like-minded folks who take a serious interest in the closer subject area of your passions.
Explore if you can associate your passions with your professional works.
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March 02, 2022.