In their own voice – Music, pressure-cooked

By Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

Any art form evolves naturally only when the most important factor called time is not compressed. The experience of learning music must be beyond technical virtuosity or the number of compositions one learns, says Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

As a young girl, every single music class with my father and guru Lalgudi Jayaraman was an experience to be remembered and cherished. Like his other students, I was also fed the staple diet of technical aspects in music such as korvais, poruttams, tricky eduppus and challenging pallavis. But there was much more to every learning session.

Each one was a stroll through the garden of music, taking time to reflect on every composition and raga. We were taught not only the grammar and intricacies, but also what made the compositions beautiful and soul-stirring.

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