I am grateful to school authorities and TPP officials to provide me the opportunity to meet these sweet and dynamic students to introduce Sitar (an Indian Musical Instrument) to them.
I would love to write a few words here about my experiences during my recent visits to some (primary & high) schools in Greymouth, New Zealand.
These students were quite peaceful and keen observers, which I really did not expect, especially from the very small age group at Primary schools. I also found them welcoming to a very new Musical Instrument (Sitar), from a different culture.Probably most of them have seen the Sitar first time from such a close proximity and their response at first look of Sitar was………… WOW……..
That soft and unified whisper (wow) of students revealed their Connoisseur attitude towards music. They really turned the atmosphere into a pin-drop silence as soon as they realised I am tuning my Instrument. Silent is perhaps the best gift to any musician/ music practitioner, especially during the tuning of instrument and these students gave that gift to me 🙂
Then, (after brief introduction of Sitar) I played short clips in different Raga/scales to give them a chance to understand the difference between different ragas/scales. Students kept that quite & calm mood until the strings of Sitar were in motion 🙂
After that short performance, we had a discussion round. Some students asked and I tried to provide the appropriate answers as per my experience and learning.
The Demonstration ended up with the round of applause, which was certainly the best reward for me and I did clap for those sweet faces.
I, once again, convey my thanks to TPP, School Authorities and my love & best wishes to all the students for their bright future.