It seems ages ago, almost in another life, that I quit my job to become a performing musician, a flautist.
I did play the flute as a hobby during my engineering college years. It took some years for the hobby to develop into a serious passion. The moment of making a choice, however, came after having spent 14 years with a large multinational.
I was discovering the possibilities of exploring Gayaki on the flute, with some minor modifications I made to my instrument. This of course meant that I would have to develop the technique, and devote more time to the flute.
I decided to quit the job, and plunge into the world of music.
Things were not easy initially, as I was hardly aware as to what it really meant and demanded of me. I enrolled for the Master’s degree in Music at the Centre for performing arts at Pune University. During the two years at the centre, I worked on the subject of listener education, and started SPECTRUM (Society for Performing Entrepreneurs and Conscious Training towards Understanding Music), together with a vocalist friend, Sameer Dublay. We designed an elaborate “Music Acquaintance Program”, and went around conducting listener workshops, for the next few years. My link with the corporate world was alive too, through consultancy in my area of expertise.
As to my own development as a flautist, though, things were not really progressing, and I was getting restless. This phase of restlessness came to an abrupt end when I found my present Gurus: Pt Suresh Talwalkar to begin with and now Smt. Padma Talwalkar. In their sahawas, I started finding answers to most of my questions and things started making sense. Terms like Taleem and Riyaz now found new meaning, and I started experiencing the power of, well, experience!
I decided to now devote fully to my flute, even giving up on the Music Acquaintance program. The whole workshop had anyway been documented as a CD ROM, Gaan Jidnyasa.
The last few years have been almost blissful. I tremendously enjoy my riyaz, each day beginning anew with a small challenge. Regular sessions with Padmatai and Sureshji ensure that the challenges keep coming in.
I still continue to be a part of the corporate world, and the couple of days every week on this front is no bother anymore, but in fact are quite enjoyable. I am quite sure that the music will overpower the other part of my life…….and I don’t think the time is very far!