Catch them young
It’s a much repeated phrase that needs no elaboration. But how many of us do follow this in deed and action.
Rajesh Hiremath of our neighbourhood has done just that. He has motivated his children and a group of his neighbours at the GSL officers colony to initiate their young children into Hindustani Classical percussion. This group of five children, in the ages of six to eleven years are learning to play the tabla from an accomplished guru, Shri Raghoba Chandrakant Chari. Shri Chari began his tryst with the tabla under the guidance of Shri Surya Shetye of Vasco in his 9th grade. He then graduated from the Goa College of Music under the tutelage of Pandit Ulhas Velingkar and thereafter was a disciple of the tabla maestro Ustad Allah Rakha till the latter’s expiry. He then continued under the tutelage of the Ustad’s senior disciple Pandit Ashok Godbole for four years. He has been a performing artiste thereafter and has now commenced teaching the tabla since the last two and a half years.
“The children now show more concentration in their school and prefer to practice the tabla than watch TV” observed Rajesh Hiremath. The benefits of putting youngsters into activities like music sports and other creative pursuits needs no reiteration.
So as the phrase goes – “Catch them young!”