A beautiful, breathtaking tabla music echoed
on the air,
breaking the silence of the surrounding everyday at blue hour, that the Sun is at a significant depth below the horizon.
Many years passed,
but still the same tabla practice was going on everyday for three, four hours
Even the birds were silent to listen the soothing
coming out from a small hut just near a river bank.
I could hear the sound from my terrace everyday at that very particular time and the hut was few yards away from my building.
One day, I couldn't resist my anxiety to know who the person was!
So, one morning I stepped forward towards the hut.
The music was continuing.
Without disturbing, I stood there waiting for the person to come out.
Nearly after ten minutes, a middle aged man came out from the hut and he was ready to lock the door.
I cleared my throat, making a slow sound to draw his attention.
He looked at me and simply said, "Yes! Do you want anything?"
I said, "Yes! Your music is really amazing!"
"Thanks!" he replied shortly.
"May I ask you some questions?"
"Yes," he said.
"How many years have you been practicing this music?
I think, you have already mastered it.
It is so beautiful and so perfect!," I passed a complementary statement.
"Thank you for your appreciation!
I am practicing it for last three years, but why?", he questioned me immediately.
"Nothing, just like that.“
I think, if you can visit to any metro city and display your music,
it would be wonderful!
Thousands of people would come to know
and you would earn lots of money, name and fame too!
Why don't you try?"
The man looked at me peculiarly, said,
"Ma'am, thank you so much for your suggestions. “
I don't want any of these three.
I don't want to commercialise my divine gift.
I am happy with whatever I have!
Money is not everything.
I play it to my own self satisfaction, nothing more.
When I play tabla
, I forget the existence of myself."
Without waiting for any further question,
the man passed over my side slowly and walked away.
I wondered at his attitude!
In this generation, today's fast pace world,
this man ignored the huge amount of money, he could earn!