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Pandit Jasraj"Music dissolves man-made barriers"
17th Aug 2005  19.52 IST
By Agencies  


The doyen of Hindustani vocals Pandit Jasraj believes music "can dissolve man-made barriers".

"Music is that which transports you from the mundane to the sublime and it is this which can dissolve man-made barriers", the veteran of the Mewati Gharana said on Tuesday while recalling his concert in Pakistan recently.



Pt Jasraj, who is in his late 70s, said, "the response I got from the people there was overwhelming. They said they saw Allah through my voice, which I cannot forget".

On the sidelines of 'tiranga' concert, the maestro said, "all human beings, whether they belong to India, Pakistan or Bangladesh, are one. It is people in the political realm who have created barriers".

The younger generation is "interested and enthusiastic about knowing our music, but needs proper guidance", he said.

Coming down heavily on the fusion of Indian and western music, Pt Jasraj said, "for us music is a prayer, for them it is an art form. We will lose our identity if we combine the two".

On the commercialisation of music, he said, "if it is done to create awareness, it is not bad".


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