THE WONDER BOX
Memorabilia - A Hindustani Special
Ustad Allauddin Khan of Malhar, while young, was
not enticed by his two wives but ran away from home in pursuit of his passion to learn
music. He went to Ustad Wazir Khan, a descendant of Tansen and a member of the Beenkar
gharana at Rampur, but the sentries would not allow him in! Young Allauddin even
thought of committing suicide in desperation when a mullah stepped into his life. He gave
him a letter addressed to Wazir Khan but the catch lay in reaching the Wazir! How to dent
the Maginot Line of servants?
"One must read, absorb, learn and know
about India's religion, philosophies and spiritual atmosphere. One may even have to come
to India to understand our music, let alone play it. All these are necessary since our
music is very closely connected to the complete unfolding of India's history and
development. Without intense study of our traditions and culture, the music would appear
false and sympathetic.
Courtesy: "Garland" N Rajagopalan