Jalsa, Mumbai July 1-2, 2013 Mon-Tue 2 : 59 AM
July 1st the birthday of Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia … a flautist of immense renown, talent and greatness. He has been a personal friend and along with Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, the eminent santoor player, gave us the music of Silsila ..
Cannot ever forget a New Year eve at the Hotel we were staying in in Delhi during the shooting of Silsila, when just Hari ji, Shiv ji and the great tabla maestro Zakir Hussain played the entire night for Yash ji, his wife, Jaya and myself ! What a moment .. I had recorded that evening night on one of those cassette players of yore and …. horror od horrors … it has got misplaced somewhere .. one of the finest impromptu music moments of three giants of Indian Classical music deleted and lost .. painful !!
Hari ji’s flute playing has been a marvel… it speaks almost to the listener, weaves a most all consuming emotion inside you … and Shiv ji’s santoor, that special instrument in string, that originated from Kashmir, can hoist one into the picturesque and the most beautiful environs of the region, to which the mighty Moghul Emperor had described in these beautiful words :
'If there is heaven on Earth .. it is here, it s here, it is here '
Visiting Kashmir was a given during the early parts of our film career. The shooting schedules would be designed to work there and the entire family would come along to break away from the devastating summer heat of the plains. When the door of the plane opened on landing at Srinagar, that blast of cool fresh air was an invigoration of a lifetime ..
What wonderful times have been spent in the ‘valley’ .. simply indescribable ..
But have not been there since .. the strife and struggle that has engulfed this region now, has deprived all of us this locale with its pristine beauty .. its weather, its locations, its unique food … but above all its warm loving and caring people …
It is today also Doctors Day .. a day when we remember the contribution this profession has made through the centuries in curing and helping the human race of all the complicated illnesses it has gone through … the dedication and complete focus on bringing relief and rehabilitation, for those that suffer complex and myriad disease ..
Through all the various episodes that I have gone through, medical in nature, my admiration for the medical fraternity of our country has always been immense .. my faith and trust in them has been responsible in bringing me back to life after all my severe medical conditions that I went through. I may have had the means to get the best treatment in any part of the world, but for me the trust and the accumen of our own Indian doctors, my reliance on their capability, has been prime. I gave myself up to them, and they have by the grace of the Almighty, delivered …
This I can never forget, and never will …
There is travel again from tomorrow, for the Tv serial shoot .. and I look forward to that with great apprehension, but also great joy … all new experiences bring with them the happiness of fulfilment. I will not and cannot say that satisfaction of fulfilment shall be achieved, but there shall be earnest attempt …
This is a corporate House, where Sony lives an where I go for rehearsals .. the people still come out in wild numbers … what have I done to keep them so … I often wonder .. my love though to all of them ..
Good night dear ones ..
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