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Music in the Mind

Music in the Mind

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Published by Uday Dandavate
Though I did not experience Beethoven's 9th Symphony live, but yesterday I witnessed what his audience may have experienced.
Though I did not experience Beethoven's 9th Symphony live, but yesterday I witnessed what his audience may have experienced.

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Published by: Uday Dandavate on Apr 08, 2012
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 Music in the Mind
Uday Dandavate
I had an amazing experience yesterday, which I am sharing with you.Though I did not experience Beethoven live, but yesterday Iwitnessed what his audience may have experienced.Beethoven gave the premier performance of his famous 9
symphonyon the stage when he was completely deaf."For the premier concert of the 9th Symphony he stood before thelectern and gesticulated furiously. At times he rose, at other times heshrank to the ground, he moved as if he wanted to play all theinstruments himself and sing for the whole chorus. All the musiciansminded his rhythm alone while playing".When the audience applauded Beethoven was several measures offand still conducting. Because of that, the contralto Caroline Ungerwalked over and turned Beethoven around to accept the audience'cheers and applause". (from Wikipedia).Though I have heard this legend before I just experienced somethingthat reminded me of this story.April 7, 2012 was the 8
death anniversary of the legendary Odissi
dance Maestro Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Every year on his deathanniversary his students from around the world get together in theirrespective cities and perform his choreographies to celebrate hiscreativity and life. I joined my wife Rohini who is also one of Guruji’ssenior students in Sunnyvale, California. The event was organized bySrjan (an organization headed by Guruji’s son Ratikant Mohapatra),Guru Shraddha, a Bay Area Odissi dance school run by NiharikaMohanty and Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose. Guruji’sstudents of all age groups from different parts of U.S. came togetherto celebrate the occasion.Right in the middle of the second number, Batu Nritya, the audiosystem failed and the speakers turned silent. The six dancers on thestage continued to dance in perfect synchronicity until the end in raptsilence.The next number was Pallavi, based on the raga Arabhi. The systemfailed again. There was a total silence in the auditorium. The girls didnot wink for a moment. They continued to dance. Several disciples ofGuru Kelucharan Mohapatra, including Sukanya Mukherjee(Maryland), Shraddha Balakrishnan (San Francisco), AparupaChatterjee (Houston), Mouli Pal (Boston), Enakshi Das Sinha(Windsor, Canada) and Rohini Dandavate (San Francisco), andSangeeta Rangala (Chicago) sitting in the front rows immediatelypicked up the notes and started singing the notes. The bols (notes),were in perfect synchronicity. Tears were rolling down their cheeks.

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Jeffrey Callen added this note
Nicely rendered, moving piece that touches on a variety of fascinating themes -- music & the brain, the phenomenology of musical experience, cultural memory. ...
H Kumar Vyas added this note
Thanks Uday. Such are the rare and moving experiences that make life woth living. Kumar
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