They say music transcends barriers and borders. There was a time when the Algerian singer Khaled was all the rage amongst Indian youngsters although nobody could honestly claim to have understood a word of his songs. The Hindi song “Awara Hoon’ is said to have been very popular amongst Russians during the fifties.
Hindi songs, in fact, have grown in their popularity overseas by leaps and bounds, thanks partly to the ever-expanding diaspora and partly to the completely Western flavour they have come to acquire of late.
But this case of music transcending borders appears to be true only for popular music. Proponents of classical Indian music sometimes have rather impolite things to say about Western music–popular or otherwise. Similarly, likers of western music dismiss Indian classicals as being slow, maudlin, pathos-laden and without a head or a tail. Clearly, it is more than possible for what is music to one person to be noise for another 🙂
Truth be told, classical music is an acquired taste. Few people are born liking it. It requires patience to understand and appreciate the nuances. My brother and I used to make a lot of fun of these classical singers wondering if their mouths didn’t ache from keeping them open for hours on end 😛 I developed a fondness for classical music only around the time they began to show this beautiful video on Indian classical music and dances on Doordarshan, and then again when a really good music teacher joined our school to teach us Classical music.
I remember little of what we were taught but my fondness for classical, particularly light classical, music endures. It uplifts, it soothes and it brings such joy. I find all Hindi film songs with a classical base delightful. I also love all songs with folk-music elements. Not that I don’t enjoy fast, peppy numbers. I do!!
So what is your kind of music?