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  • The other evening we attended a music concert. It was a wonderful
    evening in the World of Music. Dr N Ramani was playing the Flute
    and he was supported by M V Swaroop, B S Prashanth on the
    Mrindangam, Mathur Srinidhi on the Violin.
    I do not understand the finer details of Classical Music,I just love
    what touches my heart :)) I love to close my eyes while listening.
    When we close our eyes and listen to the music, we can see
    the notes floating in the air. It is a beautiful experience.

    Quite some time ago,I had read a book called, Return of the Aryans,
    by Bhagwan S Gidwani.He has written," Everyone must know
    where he comes from, where his ancestors resided and what his
    roots were.A civilization is kept alive only when its past values and
    traditions are recreated in men's minds,faithfully and thoroughly,
    without the element of fancy and distortion. A generation that remains
    unaware of its roots is truly orphaned. We have inherited an ancient
    culture.It has faced many waves of invasions. Yet the flame of hope
    burned brightly. Our culture endured. What saved us was the awareness
    of our age old culture and the need to hold fast to it, while weaving and
    refining it for the future”.
    And when I see the younger generation learning and enjoying our music
    and the dances, there is this firm belief that our ancient tradition and
    culture will endure,will live on.There are changes and it is these changes
    which bring in new life to the old forms. Changes are what make life so alive.

    In Return of the Aryans, one of the characters, an old explorer from Dravidham
    says, 'Music is humanity's earliest heritage.It was there before language,
    before thought. An infant,before it can hear or utter a sound, is receptive to
    music or a tune or a lullaby, to soothe it to sleep. For the infant, it is a
    familiar sound heard for countless generations long before he was born.'
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