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Universal Music

I read the article of Meenal Annachhatre on commercialisation of Yoga (“Has the Yo Gone Out of Yoga?”, EPW, 29 November 2014) with great interest. I agree with the analysis but do not agree with the implied intentions. Here I would like to draw a parallel from Indian classical music. I discussed Annachhatre’s article with my music teacher Arun Bagal who has founded a classical music school called the Sargam School of Music in the Washington DC area. Before migrating to the United States Arun Bagal was a student of Bhaskar Chandavarkar in Pune. Chandavarkar had directed music for the famous but provocative Marathi drama Ghashiram Kotwal and the movie Samna. It should be noted that Chandavarkar was a student of Ravi Shankar, and thus we all belong to the long tradition of certain music gharanas. We also play commercial songs on our instruments.

In fact, one gets the same joy of playing a classical raga like Bhimpalasi as one gets while playing the so-called “item song” like “Yeh Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast” from the movie Mohra, which is also composed in the raga Bhimpalasi. It should be noted that the treasure of divine joy is also available in listening to the certain Gregorian chants which have the same composition as the raga Bhimpalasi.

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