Last month on the occasion of India-Pakistan’s Independence Day, free music was celebrated as a symbol for freedom. In 1947, Indian independence also brought partition with it. A Prom night by BBC at Royal Albert Hall on August 25, 2017 brought two rich classical music cultures together.
Free Music – Without Borders
A celebration of diversity and free music emerged when a full house audience came, not just from South-Asia but from Europe as well. When these two nations separated from each other, the way they play songs was also separated.
While North Indian style mostly stuck to ‘Ragas’, places like Lahore and Karachi took to ‘Ghazal’ and ‘Qawwali’ as the defining features of their nation.
We might belong to any part of the world, to any culture, but one things unites us all – music. We all love to hear music online or live. There is little doubt that when one plays or listen to free music, the immortal songs can help to build community, serve others, inspire peace, and celebrate the joy of living together in harmony on this planet.
Prom 55 – Indo-Pak Magic
(Stills from the grand event – Prom 55; image credit: darbar festival)
- Each year BBC organizes Promenade Concerts or The Proms. An eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts – the prom concerts have a long standing tradition since the year, 1895.
- Prom 55’s curators are Darbar Trust, producers of Darbar Festival, representatives of Pakistani and Indian classical music.
- Moreover, the Royal Albert Hall resonated with eternal Sufi Qawwalis from Pakistan (some of them a part of old Bollywood songs) When one looks at the video, one can imagine all
Visit this link for details on BBC Proms – https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e4qgwh
(The majestic Royal Albert hall; image credit: bbc.co.uk)
- This year at Prom 55 the Indo-Pak tales in the form of sounds enamoured the audience with Sitar and Tabla as main instruments – along with violins and veena defining the South Indian or Carnatic school of music.
- Performers help to cross cultural divisions, make people tap their feet to the popular songs as well as the vintage ones.
- Some of the evening’s special performances include:
- Raag Bihag – India’s great maestro. Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee performs on iconic sitar with Soumen Nandy (Tabla)
- Raga Charukeshi – By Kumaresh Rajagopalan (Carnatic violin), Jayanthi Kumaresh (Saraswati Veena)
- Qawwali and Ghazals: Kangna, Piya Ghar Aaya, Dam Mast Qalandar by Abu Muhammad Qawwal & Brothers
Here is a online music video package of some epic performances at Prom 55 –
Music means different things to different people. It touches them all on a personal level. Each country’s free music online or even their latest movie songs represent the dreams, heartbreaks, achievements of people living in that age in history.
Their future generations (such as us) carry different viewpoints on many daily social and political issues. Even on social networking site in India – they get further divided by varying taste of melodies. In all this, the victims are us and all songs that represent the goodness in us. They get caught in the crossfire to be divided by borders.