Making Carnatic music inclusive
By K.T. Jagannathan
Photo credit: Sudha Jagannathan
Corporate mergers are justified on the ground that one plus one makes for more than two. However, we have often seen one plus one resulting in less than one. What if the weak or bad one pulls the strong or good one down. That's the reason why mergers fail. This, perhaps, is a possibility one has to bear in mind in any alliance talks. Of late, we hear people - an intellectual segment at that, talk of making Carnatic music an inclusive art form. It is argued that this art form has an elitist slant, and that it needs to be accessible to all and sundry. Any initiative to make Carnatic music a mass-based art form is a laudable intent. When the intent is coloured, compromises begin to creep in. Often times, this results in turning Carnatic music less classical! Our resolve should be to foster the classical nature of this art form even while spreading its reach. There lies the challenge. One has to wish to learn Carnatic music. If the wish is absent, it is imprudent to foist this art form on unwilling learners. This is true of any field. How to create interest in Carnatic music? Many artistes are quietly doing their bit in this regard. And, they do manage to draw newer - outside the traditional category - learners and fans into the world of Carnatic music. Surely, they too deserve a round of applause.