Music has no boundaries

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Music has no boundaries
American pianist Billy Joel once said: I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture w're from, everyone loves music.

And even if the language is different, the one thing we all relate and connect with is the language of music. Across the globe, as every musician, singer, songwriter, lyricist, composer celebrates World Music Day — we realise that it is not just about the chords and riffs they create but also the emotions they spread through their music. India's noted santoor player, Rahul Sharma, who has collaborated with many international artistes including pianist Richard Clayderman and saxophone player Kenny G, believes that he doesn't feel the need to speak a common language to create music. He says, "Music has a universal language. And each time I collaborate with various international musicians, this gets more evident. Music has no religion, is a stress buster and is therapeutic."

No boundaries
Like Rahul Sharma, there are many artistes who have made their mark internationally and have also welcomed artistes from different countries with open arms. One such Indian, who is based in India, but has a mind completely world driven is A R Rahman. According to London based singer Rashid Ali, who Rahman produced an album for, and also lend his voice in films like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa, shares, "Rahman believes in no boundaries. And though he lives in India, his music is global. When I performed in Chennai for my album launch, I loved the reception I received for my music. We as artistes sing in different languages and it's great to see people like Rahman vouch for musicians who are open to music even though they come from different cultures."

Music is the language
But when one creates a composition, it's the content that is given priority, language is only secondary. A great example is Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire which had people from Spain, Mexico sing the song in Hindi. Sukhwinder Singh, who lent his voice to the song, shares, "The whole world sang this number. And it proves that you don't need to know the language to enjoy a song or the music. As far as, singing a song is concerned I truly believe, that Na gale se, na pet se, aapko dil se gaana chahiye."

According to singer and music director Raghu Dixit, who recently added another feather to his cap, when he performed for the Queen at the The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in the UK, believes, "Music is experienced best when it is felt and it doesn't matter what language or genre it is part of. It's been amazing for us to see people from every corner of the world sing and dance along with us and we've been fortunate to be able to watch them feel and experience our music." Having touched hearts across borders and been an amazing experience, Raghu always wants to make it a point to personify that joy and happiness when they are on stage, and ensure that it flows to the audience as well.

Diminishing borders and differences
Agreeing with Raghu and calling music his life, is lyricist, writer and singer Swanand Kirkire. Kirkire who collaborated with Pakistani artistes Zeb and Haniya for a music television series, recently, had TV audiences hooked on to the song O Re Chiraiya, he sung alongwith Ram Sampat, on a talk show. He believes that music is his life and it truly connects with everyone in the world. "I totally agree that music has no boundaries. It's abstract and hard to define. When we collaborated with Zeb and Haniya, the music was what brought us together and what we delivered travelled across the world."

While some prefer defining music, some share it with the world and some prefer expressing it to help them in their individual space. For singer-songwriter Ankur Tewari, music has always been a key to all the hurdles in his life. He says, "I remember in college when I didn't have money to pay my dhaba waala I'd play him tunes. He was a Kishore Kumar fan and I would have to sing him melodies for my bun omelettes. Doors have magically opened for me because of music and I vent out my joys and sorrows through my tunes and words."

Source - TOI


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