This one’s about them discussing the topic of music. But instead of appreciating music, or exchanging notes about their favourites (if they discuss music, they must have favourites, i suppose), they were discussing about something which i find quite interesting too. This is about revival of music.
Over the generations, the tastes of people towards music and culture in general change, as a result of which, musical and poetic traditions fade or wither away over a period of time. Usually, this is a slow and agonizing process, and many a traditions have been lost to time and taste. And all of this happens due to apathy, according to Hardy. Laurel seems to agree, and this is what they were talking about the other day.
Today, according to them, due to a number of factors (i dont think they have the foggiest idea about what these factors could be, but they like to act as if they do), people are taking renewed interest in their own heritage. Now, there are a number of reasons for this. One is the fact that with the changes in economic structures in the world, people have more of an inclination and opportunity to pursue things which are of interest to them. Couple this with the fact that, whether for good or bad, the concepts of assimilation or integration bring along with them the idea of personal or social identity (this is a regular sociological phenomenon, and theres nothing inherently good or bad about this), and you have the stage set for exploration of the past, history, heritage, and cultural identity.
Now, according to these guys, its rather difficult to say what is cause and what effect, but the outcome is that today, more artists and scholars have room to study, interpret, and present heritage and culture in a new way, to a new audience.
Heres one example of a Bengali song, originally performed, and made popular by Nirmalendu Chowdhury.
And the same song performed by the band Bhoomi.
Heres an old Punjabi folk song, Jugni, performed by Alam Lohar.
And the same song performed by his son, Arif Lohar along with Meesha Shafi at Coke Studio.
With these videos, and there are many more which are available out there, and with their easy availability, its far easier for us to bring our cultural heritage, at times repackaged, at times not, and present it to an audience made of the youth, the children of today, in a way that the cultural heritage of our nations is preserved, and this rich tradition is available to future generations.
Quite a few of us have grown up in joint families, and grew up with grandparents telling us stories, keeping the tradition alive, and exposing us, as children, to our rich cultural heritage. Today, however, most children dont have the luxury of being told bed-time stories by their grandparents, of grandma telling them stories of demons and kings, weaving the web of the magic of our heritage around the little ones as they go to sleep for the night. And this is where we, as a society have the responsibility of keeping the flame alive, so to say, and pass it on, in all its richness to our children.