Pune – ”Reality shows are a good chance for talented singers from rural area to get an opportunity to present their talent in big cities like Mumbai & Pune. But victory in a reality show competition can only be a milestone and not the destination. The real journey of an art is unending. Also, Young singers should be able to digest a win in the reality show. Here comes the responsibility of their parents. An opportunity to sing for some project or a chance to learn music from eminent personalities can serve as best prize in reality shows instead of cash prizes”, said National Film Award winner and famous singer Mahesh Kale.
He was interacting with journalists at Pune Union of Working Journalists’ ‘cultural katta’ program on Friday. PUWJ president Rajendra Patil, general secretary Pandurang Sandbhor, vice president Vishwajit Pawar, Treasurer Brijmohan Patil was also present on the occasion.
He expressed gratitude for his mentor in music Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki on today’s occasion of Guru Paurnima. Kale said, ”Now a days, you can find vocal presentations of every Gharana on Google. But Google can not be your Guru! A guru is important to guide you throughout your journey to bring out the best out of you. I’ve been lucky to learn from the master like Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. I used to go to his home after school and then after college too and would never miss a single chance to grab knowledge from him. ”
He further added, “New technology enables me to be connected to my students all the time, no matter wherever I live. Unless you are keeping the soul of music intact, there is no problem in using technology to smoothen your journey.”
While answering to a question about whether we are falling short of encouraging music from young age, he said, ”Our education system is insufficient to nurture various arts. Not only music, but arts, compassion and love should be taught in primary schools, that too in qualitative manner and not just quantitatively. We are actually privileged of being surrounded by so much of music, art and culture.”
PUWJ executive member Meenakshi Gurav made introductory speech.