Dear brother-member, vasanthakokilam, At this fag end of my life I have only a single view concentrating all my efforts on enlightening our kids in music-learning and I have been used to look anything and everything with this view only, if you don’t mistake me, dear.
As per my long experience in the teaching field I feel that there is a lot to discuss face to face in this respect than writing umpteen lengthy posts in this thread. But, as such discussion is not possible at this juncture I shall try to write even up to some extent.
What you wrote is the absolute truth. On earth every being has its/his/her own desire and always strives hard to get it fulfilled in one way or the other. As this is natural there is also nothing wrong in doing so if it is not bad. But, in the end, you also wrote that we take comfort in the fact that the journey has been enjoyable and worthwhile no matter what the destination happens to be. If that is so everybody feels happy of his journey as you wrote. But, in respect of many cases, particularly, in learning music, even after learning many years, many aspirants are feeling very bad about their own inabilities in singing music efficiently. But, as it is our great tradition never to blame our teacher (or the husband) at any cost, they are blaming themselves only for their inabilities. Up to some extent it is also true in some of the cases to blame themselves for their inabilities in the grasping of the lessons or to understand them or even to practice them vigorously and regularly. But, if I write that the real culprit in this respect is only the teacher himself/herself many are ready to mistake me but not of the teacher. I myself, having been one among those culprits for many years, very well know this fact and that is why I have always been used to write like this. But the difference is, only by the grace of the Almighty, I am the only person to realise my blunders and, today, I feel very proud to become an efficient, honest and reliable teacher only basing upon the amazing results I have been getting and none of other music-teachers have changed.
The success of any novel system must be adjudged only basing upon the end result and, thus, I have already uploaded many videos of our kids to Youtube bringing out their efficiency in handling very high level rhythmical intricacies as you are also aware. I have even appealed to the teaching community many a time to view these videos, follow these modern methods in teaching music and also to upload the respective videos of their students to the Youtube. But, the fact that no such video has ever been uploaded by any other music-teacher obviously proves that none of the music-teachers is bothered neither to quicken the process of teaching nor to make the aspirants more efficient in the subject even in this modern age having many modern gadgets for our benefit.
Even when I have appealed to many of the musicians to standardise the system of writing notation by properly symbolising it in the high interests of our aspirants and the art nobody responded properly. Even when I have myself initiated the discussion on our ‘Gamakas’ through, mainly, two threads “Gamakas made easy in writing notation & Analysing and Systhesising Gamakas’ in the main thread ‘Technical discussions’ the response was very very poor and this obviously reveals that our people are more enthusiastic in knowing things but not in doing things even for our own kids and our culture. Thus, gradually, I am loosing my interest in participating even in the discussions of our forum and don’t mistake me if, in near future, I absolutely stop to participate (of course, without depending upon any body and without craving for the money or the fame or the honours or the titles, I shall always continue to serve our community in one manner or the other until my last breath). amsharma