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...I must admit that I have really enjoyed the last nine years of my wonderful association with THE WEEK, and I know that I am a part of the family of this wonderful publication.I would like to thank all my readers and the editors at THE WEEK for all the love, patience and warmth that has been bestowed upon me during this time.Being a musician, I express myself best on stage through my music, through my instrument.However, I really enjoyed this beautiful medium to share so many anecdotes, opinions and, of course, many aspects about the timeless tradition of Indian classical music.On introspection, I realise that I am a restless person who is on a journey.I am constantly thinking of what music is, and also what music can be or what it should be.Music is a precious gift of God, and like flowers, colour, fragrance, water, fire and air, musical notes do not belong to any religion.India is like a beautiful bouquet of flowers with so many colours around. ...The Week on July 10, 2016, midnight
...It is my appeal to the government of India and all state governments that, like sportsmen and film stars, classical musicians must also be given honours and awards while they are performing and are at the peak of their powers.We have outstanding young artists who should all be encouraged and honoured at the right age and time.Many great filmmakers like Gulzar saheb, Shyam Benegal and Satyajit Ray made documentary films on the life of many artists including Balasaraswati, Bhimsen Joshi, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Hariprasad Chaurasia.The Films Division has made a great contribution to preserving or rather immortalising artists through the medium of documentaries.Government organisations like Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Bharat Bhavan, Prayag Sangeet Samiti, All India Radio and Doordarshan have film footage and rare photographs of classical musicians and dancers. ...The Week on June 19, 2016, midnight
...Achuthanandan, 92, at the Thiruvananthapuram airport lounge.It was an honour spending some time with the former Kerala chief minister.During that meeting, I came to know his son—Arun Kumar V.A.—is not a politician.From my childhood, I have seen that politics has become a big 'profession' in India.There is nothing wrong in that.History says lawyers' children become lawyers, doctors' children become doctors and musicians' children become musicians.But our freedom fighters, including Mahatma Gandhi, had a selfless mission.Their dedication and commitment was solely to the people.The most victorious in the elections are the two gracious ladies: Mamata Banerjee and J. Jayalalithaa.One is a legendary actor and the other is fond of Rabindra sangeet and films.And I have had the honour of meeting both on different occasions.In Assam, there is a historic change. ...The Week on June 5, 2016, midnight
...The centre's mission is to promote a better appreciation of Indian thought, culture, civilisation and contemporary issues.It has enriched the cultural scene on Long Island and in the New York metropolitan area by showcasing a cornucopia of Indian performance arts.The centre recently received a generous endowment from Dr Nirmal Mattoo and Augustina Mattoo, and was renamed Bishembarnath Mattoo and Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies, in memory of Nirmal's parents.Nirmal was chairman of the board of trustees of the Association of Indians in America.He is co-editor of the reference volume, Ananya: A Portrait of India, and has been featured in a PBS documentary, Asian Indians in America.Ananya was released during the golden jubilee celebrations of India’s independence.He has been honoured by many organisations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Association for the Visually Handicapped, American Association of Indian Social Workers and the Association of Indians in America. ...The Week on May 22, 2016, midnight