Sunday, May 8, 2011

Singer from the heavens



 
                                Narayan Shripad Rajhans alias Narayanrao, one of the greatest Marathi singers and the stage actors was called Balgandharva  by Lokmanya Tilak. The Marathi movie portraying the life story of the great maestro has just been released. Producer and art director Nitin Desai, his team and Sibodh Bhave playing the lead role make a tremendous impact. I do not want to add another movie review. Watching the great personality on the screen, I noticed two things.

                               Years back, I read a critique stating there are two categories of artists, first those who live for art and second those who use art for living. Balgandharva is a perfect example of the first and the rare category.

                               I felt, there is divinity attached to his life story. Narayanrao was an example of a sthita pradnya (steady wisdom) purusha (Sanskrit), as described in Bhagvad Gita; one who treats happiness and sorrow in the same spirit or sukh-dukhe same kritva (sanskrit).

He was a singer from heaven, truly.  

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