Another day..another auspicious day..is’nt everyday auspicious??? Is’nt any day which gives us opportunity to -do new things; see the world again; complete yesterday’s incompleted works; plan for future works — an auspicious day??? How can some permutation and combination made by some clever mathematician or so called astrologers decide whether our day is auspicious or decide when to celebrate ..what to celebrate..how to celebrate our life and our day. We celebrate when we feel like…how we like…can’t every day be a celerbation and can’t we celebrate as we wish as long as our acts do not harm others or do not create any disturbance to others.
How can any other person decide our equation with God? How can he/she know what we communicate with the God? Are the religious rituals the litmus test to one’s faith? Holy Cow!!!! If rituals are litmus test to my faith then I would not bother about those at all. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.” Just following irrelavant rituals in the name of religion does no good to us or our religion. Above all Service to Mankind is Service to God 🙂 . There is no point in lenghty and complex rituals when we donot have concern, care, love for our fellow human beings.
Yes!!! I get to write this sort of posts when people question me about my faith and my equation with God 😉 . Somehow, all these thoughts make me write about the telugu film Rudraveena. Rudraveena , Swades movies had, have and will have lot of impact on me. They inspire me to become a better human being..above all they inspire me to try to lead a life which is purposeful, worthy and useful to fellow human beings 🙂
Rudra Veena is about the ideological clash between a young man, Suryam (Chiranjeevi), and his father, Bilahari Ganapathi Sastry (Gemini Ganesan). While the father believes that music and his life are for salvation, the son strives for a better society.
They part ways after Suryam decides to teach his father a lesson by representing the need for social awareness in a concert. Sastry hates this idea of polluting the sacredness of music by individualism and promotes another disciple ignoring Suryam.
Fed up with his father’s refusal to identify him, Suryam quits home. He finds solace in the association with Lalita (Sobhana) and her family. Sastry, who believes in the supremacy of caste over humanity, tries to break their relationship by instigating drunkards from the village whom Suryam has sworn to reform. Suryam vows not to marry in exchange for the drunkards reforming themselves.
Sastry takes a major blow when the disciple he groomed, later marries his daughter and abhors him from singing Sastry’s favorite raga – The Bilahari.
Finally, Sastry changes his chauvinistic self, when the Indian government recognizes Suryam’s efforts at social reform and the Prime Minister of India himself comes to his village to felicitate Suryam. He realizes his son’s ideals and proudly addresses himself as Suryam’s father rather than a great musician. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudraveena_(film))
Social movies are tricky to be translated into the film medium. They have to preach something or pass on a message without actually appearing to be doing so. The age old problems of untouchability, alcoholism, collective effort for a better future, have been tackled before to varying degrees and to varying results. What Balachander and Ganesh Patro tried to do with Rudra Veena was unique in that they made Rudra Veena as much about an artist’s inner struggle in trying to reconcile between his social aspirations and artistic delights, as it is about his noble intentions to try rid of the society of its evil in any and every which way he can. Music is the medium that the lead character, aptly named Suryam, chooses to express his ideas and ideologies in. He weaves his music around the ills plaguing his immediate surroundings, soothes his soul with his tunes and tries to keep his feet firmly grounded without getting too carried away in his search of salvation, the artistic way. Rudra Veena, in the way an artist tries to defy the soceital norms and make his music more in tune with the world.
Rudra Veena makes the lead character an idealist and a more responsive member of the society, who mirrors the wishes of the downtrodden in his tunes. The age old battle between conservatism and liberalism is given a new twist in it, socialistic seeds seep into the open mind of the protagonist. The pillars of conformistic conservative values are shaken at their foundations, when the artist reflects plight of the weak and references the indifference of the artistic elite in the traditional tunes. The rift between Suryam and his father (assayed by Gemini Ganesan), on a more metaphorical level, could well be between the art trying to be apathetic and the art trying to be more reflective.
Here is one of my favortie tracks from this movie, Rudraveena:
However, I follow this golden mantra : Equation With God = Equation With Fellow Human Beings 🙂