Concluding Day of Dhruvpad Festival
The concluding day of the 3-day Hindustani Classical Music Festival entitled ‘Dhruvpad’ began with a panel discussion ‘Sangoshthi’ at Jawahar Kala Kendra. The discussion was attended by many renowned artistes namely: Padma Shri Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar, Ustad Annesuddin Khan Dagar, Ustad Nafeesuddin Khan Dagar, Pt. Mohan Shyam Sharma, Dr. Praveen Kumar Arya and Pt. Ramkumar Mallick along with the moderator Shri Iqbal Khan. The ‘Sangoshthi’ was structured to give insights into the subjects of ‘Naad Yog in Dhruvpad’ and ‘Dhruvpad Singing and Recital’.
The discussion commenced with the panelists stressing upon the importance of ‘Naad Yog in Dhruvpad’. Padma Shri Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar specified the eight stages of ‘Naad yog’ which are Yam, Niyam, Aasan, Pranayam, Pratihar, Dharna, Dhyana and Samadhi. He asserted on the interconnectedness between ‘Naad and Dhruvpad.’ Further, the panelists revealed the shortest route to attain Moksha in a lifetime is through music. They also talked about the different Gharanas of ‘Dhruvpad’ and the need to practice ‘Naad Upasana’ in the morning.
In addition, the discussion also dwelled on the challenges of today’s time and age that an artist has to overcome so as to concentrate on his/her music. These mainly involve Social Media, Whatsapp among others. The panelists also addressed the reason behind the declining numbers of classically trained musicians in the country. It is mainly because parents do not support taking up of classical music as a full-time profession as it is not lucrative.
They also drew a comparison between the foreign students and the Indian Students in the terms of their punctuality and patience to learn the art form. While the former are more patient about learning an art form, the latter is impatient for fame and performing in reality shows. The event concluded on a positive note which was on how a person can pursue his/her passion for learning the classical music while simultaneously earning the daily livelihood.