Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tribute to Music

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Today is World Music day. The word “Music” immediately connects me to my grandfather who passed away when I was 6 years old. He was fond of listening to music. I realized this when I saw his collection of gramophone records during the renovation of our house. It was strange to find many of his favorite songs are actually there in my ipod. I immediately felt connected to him.

It moves the spirit and connects the world. The biggest example are the football World Cup songs. Whether its the “Waka Waka” or “Un dros tres”, the world moves to it. The moment we hear these songs we think of amazing jerseys, soccer and stadiums full of enthusiastic fans. We may not understand the meaning of these words but the feeling generated by these songs is same for everyone.

Music definitely calms the nerves and releases stress. Sometimes it even takes us to a different world away from our daily hustle and bustle. It is strange the modes of listening to music moved from heavy gramophones to light smartphones, location of devices from tables to pockets but the music remained the same. I am grateful to all the music composers, singers and instrumentalists for creating music to release the stress of our lives.

Happy world music day to everyone.

Yaa dil ki suno

Today is Hemant Kumar’s birthday. I still remember my early school days when cable was not there in many houses and Vividh Bharati from AIR still dominated. There used to be one voice which had its own identity.The voice was so unique that one could identify the singer from the song itself. It had a strange attraction as if it just pulled all the attention of the singer. It was Hemant Kumar, a singer who would create emotions from his voice.

Be it the loneliness of “Tum Pukar Lo” from Khamoshi or the “Yeh raat yeh chaandni” from Jaal or awareness of “Yaa dil ki suno” from Anupama, each song had so much emotion that one would feel it even without seeing the movie. The first hindi song of his that got engraved in my mind was “Beqaraar karke hame”. This song is so immortal that it is used even today in an advertisement. Not only as a singer but also as a music director. No one can forget his work in Khamoshi, Anupama, Bees Saal Baad. Being a bengali I had the fortune of listening to his works in Bengali as well. My grandfather used to have an amazing collection of Hemant Kumar songs in a Gramaphone disk. Today Hemant Kumar is no more but his works will keep him immortal. His works were so unique that hardly any singer in reality shows ever attempts them. As for me, I can sing endlessly “Ei poth jodi na shesh hoye”…

Today is a special day

Football Armadillo

When I got up in the morning, today 12th june’2014, was just another working day. I dressed up and boarded the bus to office. As soon as I put on the earphones for radio, the specialty of this day dawned on me. The RJs were excited and there were games for listeners. As soon as I logged on my PC, there was a mail with a similar game. Even google paid its tribute by dedicating a doodle to it. Today is no less than any important festival, it is the day when World Cup’2014 is starting.

This realization took me to my school days. My father, who is a soccer fanatic, always ensured the first day of World Cup was made special. From morning he would be checking all the connections of Television and cable. He even ensured a backup was there just in case the cable didn’t work. We were told to complete our homework beforehand. I still remember the first day of world cup’98 when most of the people were unable to watch live due to monsoons but our T.V was working. All credits to papa’s backup planning. Our living room was filled with family friends and one of the Uncles even came dressed in yellow and black. Mom always ensured we watch opening ceremonies of all sports events be it Olympics, world cup, etc. As a result we came to know the names of many countries easily and even identify different flags. Thanks mom for teaching geography without using any books.

The best part of Soccer World Cup is people from all over the world irrespective of all their differences unite and watch it. It just brings the world together. Can there be a better tribute to universal brotherhood? Today is the opening of World Cup’2014. I would be joining the entire world to pay my tribute to sportsmanship. Will you?