Life has become richer by the love that has been lost
– Rabindranath Tagore
This line from ’Fireflies’ of Tagore, i see an undercurrent of a thought saying we do not recognise the worth when things are with us. We feel enriched of its presence only when it is lost.
Now that Mukul Shivaputra a legend Dhrupad singer is missing, we are all turning our attention to that great man. Less thought or no thought we gave to his existence till the news of him being kidnapped broke.
I wonder why this is the fate of many artistes! While they are alive they are neglected and in their absence they are celebrated. I feel extremely sad for Vincent Van Gogh and more sad for Ritwik Ghatak whom i love a lot becuase they did not get the recognition and acceptance while they were alive.
This morning when i met Mahalinga Bhat Sir, he narrated an incident from a film appreciation workshop where a session on Ghatak was being handled by one Mr. ABC, who is a renowned music crtic. Ghatak was introduced and portrayed as an eccentric man who told a film critic, once, “You will not understand my film in your life time,” when the critic is said to have told Ghatak that his films were “not so good.” Narrating this myth, Mr. ABC, said “Now you are going to watch this not so good film which is considered as one of the best films in Indian film history.”
Later during the course, speaking to the musc critic Bhat Sir asked Mr. ABC for his opinion on Mukul Shivaputra, whom Sir likes and admiers a lot. Then Mr. ABC is said to have told Sir “He knocks my door at midnight and asks me to listen to him singing at that point,” with an expression almost saying “what nonsence,” and added to it “Wonder what he does and what he will do.”
The man who narrating a myth from the life of Ghatak who is no more, had no interest in or admiration for a similar legend who is alive.
May be today, when Mukul is missing, Mr. ABC would be narrating some myths about Mukul Shivaputra and celebrating him. I am sure today he feels enriched because of his association with Mukul Shivaputra.
19 May 2009