Monday, February 21, 2005
The sound of music
I live in the campus of iit madras, hostal zone is the most happening place around. As expected, one would find noises of all kind, no pun intended, through the corridors of the hostal. Among them are the rythm of handful songs which are echoed in almost every room. To name a few, 'for whom the bell tolls', 'nothing else matters', 'master of puppets' from metallica, 'parnoid' from ossy, 'trouper', fear of the dark' from maiden and finally 'november rain' and 'sweet child' from gnr. Though gnr is rock, it is still cool, no questions asked. Why doesn't our taste of music grow beyond this?
Our culfest, saarang, is the time when all the geeks of the institute just freak out. The rock show is the most 'looked forward to' event. I was among the crowd too. ;-) I was disheartened to observe that the 'fans' were interested only in metallica, iron maiden or megadeath. No doubt they are great bands, i like them too, but there are plenty of other good stuff that one can listen to. Why are we Indians so reluctant to accept any change? The change which i am refering to is not just with respect to music, but also, for instance, infuence of western culture.
I recall an avid music lover and a metallica fan telling me that the symphony orschestra actually screwed up the S &M concert. What??? I am under that opinion that symphony had made the music only richer. First time i heard the album, i was amazed at how a talented musician can blend two entirely different spectrums of music.
French band called matamatah performed a set of rock numbers during saarang. The songs were of the eagles kind. The crowd absolutely loved them. Yet again, i was shocked to hear 'chicken s**t' as a comment from one of the 'true' metal fans.
Several people have told me about their liking for one perticular group, floyd or maiden for example. They have gone on to say that they can't get enough of them, they listen "ONLY" to them. People, get a life!!!
I must tell you guys that I love Indian music too. Some of my friends complained about the absence of reference to Indian music. I do love songs like 'dooba dooba' by silk route etc. What I hate is the attitude with which other genres of music are seen by the 'cool' guys.
The same friends also complained about their hasitation to post a comment because anonymous indentity was not enabled. Well, now i know who are most likely to be the first to write an anonymous comment here. (this is not an invitation to post anonymous comments just to pain me)
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