Friday, February 01, 2008

Soulful music? but not before a pinch in our wallet

The lecture demonstration of 'guitarist' Prasanna was more than what I expected from the popular instrumentalist. Carnatic buff though I'm, technical details had always been Greek and Latin too me. More so, when it comes to other schools of music. Since Prasanna's forte was western, I expected some high-voltage music in unheard lingo. Liberal doses of music from his electric guitar were always there. But what made the demonstration interesting of music was his impromptu wits.
To my relief, the event was organised by a ladies' club. Homemakers, who were religiously taking down every word he uttered, pelted carnatic questions. "Music doesn't belong to anyone. No one can own music. It should accessible to all," was his philosophy. I was thoroughly impressed with his learn-music-as-it-is theory at the end of the concert. Bidding adieu to the high-spirited homemakers, all in shimmering silk, I browsed few CDs of his that were displayed at the reception counter. Electric Ganesha, one of his bestsellers and a tribute to world fame guitarist Jimi Hendrix, attracted my attention.
Though I neither knew rock guitar nor Jimi Hendrix, I decided to plunge into the world of fusion music. With high-soaring excitement, I picked up with sonic speed and dropped it with equal pace. It cost half a thousand!
I re-checked with the shopper to know whether it was a printing error. She gave a sharp frown and said that's how the musical CDs are charged nowadays. So music isn't as accessible as Prasanna presumed. Or perhaps money can own music. Good music, I mean.
With thoughts widely on my mind, I meandered there to check out the sales of the CDs. Not surprisingly, business was brisk.
phew.. anyways, Happy listening junta.
P.S: Well, I'm too shameless to resist some self-promotion. Here is the link to my article on Prasanna's concert. Check out and let me know.