Friday, March 11, 2011

A GoodPerson's GoodSuccess

Of course there is a Good kind of success and a Bad kind of success.  Don’t want to go into definitions and viewpoints for obvious reasons (endless arguments!)
But whenever I think of a giant like Pt. Bhimsen Joshi I can shout with confidence that his success is, or rather unfortunately as he is no more with us, was GoodSuccess.
Extremely GoodSuccess. The kind of success I would like to emulate.
What do I mean by that?
He loved his music; he loved to sing; he loved the notes, the sounds, the compositions, the process of singing, and the beauty woven into the ragas. One can imagine all his thoughts were about music and how to modify a particular movement, how to raise the emotions to an even more exalted pitch, how to reach even higher planes of beauty through music. How to, in fact, get that perfect note, the perfect pitch, the perfectly pure sound.
And he achieved it. Even I, with my minimal knowledge of classical Hindustani music realised it as I heard the compositions he sang, especially more so in the last few years of his divine odyssey. Kabir’s eternal composition ‘Sun Bhai Sadho’ became a classic for the masses in his voice.
This I feel was his success. Not fame of money or awards – those became secondary.
That’s GoodSuccess. No argument about this.
And that’s what is inspiring. That’s what makes this a better world for us. GoodPeople like Pt. Bhimsen Joshi achieving GoodSuccess.

Worth emulating, what?

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