Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Where is the Melody?

As quoted from wikipedia

Ganesha Chaturthi is a Hindu festival of Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha.
Before 1893, Ganesh Chaturthi used to be an important public festival during the Peshwa rule in Maharashtra, but that year, Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual festival into a large, well-organized public event.
The most elaborated celebration is in the state of Maharastra. The energy and happiness of the festival can be read on the faces. Since in States I have been attending it almost every year, though I never celebrated it in India. The festivals and their celebrations are different all over India from the (devotional songs) to the rituals.

For past 2 years a lot of us gather together and then just to show our devotion some of us sing at the highest note from the bottom of our lungs all out of sync as if thousands of hen just laid eggs and they all cracked at the same time. It no more is music to ears, hymns have lost their flavor. Some make sure that they are last to give that Alaap... for whatever reason. May be thinking that Ganesha will get irritated enough to appear before them and grant all their wishes.

The most irksome is that some want to sing just one more Aarti that no one else has ever heard of. A sudden calm of chorus and single vocals, while others flipping pages of the Aarti booklet. I dont know about the rituals in Maharashtra but from where I come there are some sacred numbers (11,21,51..) that we try to stick to. As a family, the eldest in family or the host of the event leads the ceremony. Ahh needless to say all those giggles during the prayer make me wonder, is this a rehearsal of a prayer performance to be held tomorrow?

Its not to offend any devotees feeling, neither is to declare myself as an atheist. My point is humans don't bray, when they pray.

2 comments: said...

i always find those aarti & "katha" very amusing ;)

Sneha said...

Kya peta Ganesh ji record kar rehey hou kiska alap sabsey alag tha or kiski Arti hatkey thi.:)