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Rahul Ajay, winner of Kids Golf World Championship

When the desires penetrate the line of passion,

When the plethora of hobbies are sidelined by a special one,

When the sentence, “I want….” turns into “I won…”

When emotions of wishes voyages to actualization

Three cheers to Rahul’s triumph and consummation.

Rahul Ajay

Rahul Ajay

Rahul Ajay, winner of Kids Golf World Championship 2016,deserves these words above.  This 16-years old Hyderabadi kid has created in history recently in the mid of December in Malaysia by winning over a Malaysian guy by one stroke. Rahul defeated 50 outstanding international Golfers in three days and made his parents’ overwhelming with pride. Earlier, He had been playing Golf winning numerous prices in Singapore, Thailand etc.. But this was the real victory.

Life is all about mind and mind produce thoughts. When thoughts are directed towards perseverance, endurance, seeking skills, setting goals, then one is not leading a normal, easy life. That abnormality transcends him to the world of achievements; be it inner or society. Really doesn’t matter.

Story Reloaded

RahulajaySince the age of eight, Rahul started his voyage of Golf when his Dad introduced the game. Selecting Golf  In this land, India, where all the other sports other than cricket, are ignored, he not only selected this forte but grabbed a big place. Most importantly, his coach Mr. Indrajit Bhalotia played a vital role in exploring his capabilities and nurturing him accordingly.

Why Golf when asked, “Golf is a gentlemen’s game. You play by yourself unlike other sports which need teams.” says Rahul, who is an amazing example of clarity and self-opinionated mindsets. He is bestowed with all the attributes which is actually needed in a sportsperson.

Tremendous Discipline

IMG_20170114_131604435We simply generalize the ready product by praising the achievers and criticizing the failures. But here comes process of this winner. Vehemence is the only word which comes to my mind when I heard his practice detailing. Rahul had been practicing full day since three months before this tournament. “I wake up at five, jog for 4-5 kms, do yoga, and zen meditation….Come from school at 3:30, go to Golf practices till 6:30, do the evening meditation…” He says. The 11th standard guy is ready to salute all the minute gamut which he seems beneficial in enhancing his stream. Fitness, strength training are some of the important elements in Golf, he believes. Rahul possess a deep crux and mechanics of Golf which makes him perceive his game, “I seem to understand the mechanics and technicality of golf well. This has helped me to gel well with my coaches in the last many years.” He says.

In this delicate age, when the boys want to distract with all ins and outs, Rahul Ajay never watches TV or play video games. “These days I have stopped reading books to focus on my play, but I do read positive books so that I imbibe that.” says Rahul. This is a significant aspect to deliver among the kids and parents today who think distraction is natural.

Rahul still aspire much more as this is just the beginning. To be in the students mode is always good for becoming a successful. Rahul looks forward to improves on the stuffs he thinks he is not up to the mark. He speaks his mind, “As a player, I should be more positive, driven and disciplined.” To enhance his play and for in-depth understanding, Rahul usually follows the game of his favorite Golfers: Tiger Woods and Anirban Lahiri.

2017-01-12-PHOTO-00000100According to the champ, being a Hyderabad dweller is another blessing for a sportsperson in terms of resources, weather, and of course in getting inspired by the great sports personality. “In other cities the Golf membership is expensive except Hyderabad, where my Dad had a membership since long.” shares Rahul.

Attitude Matters

Competitiveness, envy, commitment, are some of the common qualities in any sportsperson but Rahul owns an unusual tranquility and peace in his mind. He is an extremely cool guy outwardly with  a bundle of dreams and ambitions within. He would definitely be the next Mr. Cool Golfer after Dhoni, once he is one of the top Golfers, and the countdown has begun.

To make India a better place for sports, Rahul has strong opinions regarding sports should be supported and sponsored properly in India. “We get less price money comparatively in India…” 

I will conclude my rounds of applause by the kid winner’s quote on success, “Its something really good to reach your aim and the society looks at the topmost in the world. For me, I just started my journey.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-introducing Dhrupad

Pursuing the music therapy course these days, is making me listening to every music according to that perspective. My mind subtly enters into the questioning zone while listening to any music, whether this piece is healing or not.

The other evening, I was listening to Pt. Uday Bhawalkar’s raga Bhimpalasi Dhrupada piece, and I felt I was captivated physically. While listening to his fast-paced rhythmic, versatile, superfluous, rendition of the Bhimpalasi notes, I was as if witnessing my brain knots unleashing my breath mollifying. I wanted to move from my place, but was totally mindful and entangled. I could feel my hormones and senses getting balanced. I stayed in that state for 20 minutes till when it got over. After which I stared at the things surrounding me; I went to the balcony and greeted all the sounds of nature. I could concentrate in the chirping and tweaking of birds clearly, (what we don’t do usually). I was absolutely in the present. I gazed at the setting sun, produced a thought, ‘Allz well’, and stepped inside. This was the time I was normalized. But I was reminiscing what it was; What was the factor that made me feel good, albeit I am aware of the power of music.

Defining Dhrupad

Dhrupad too is a vocal style like khyala-gayaki, which is also exhibited and unfolded in a particular raga, although in different style, structure and tonality. It is a highly structured, classicalized way of chanting vedic mantra and hymns. Lets first have a quick introduction of Dhrupad.

During vedic period, when there was nothing dhrupad existed in the name of Prabandh. Then even after many modification and bringing down to simplicity, Dhrupad is still journeying today. Dhrupad is an oldest genre of Hindustani classical vocal music, which exists even today. Apart from the Khyala singing which is also called Ragadari sangeet,

Here are some definitions of Dhrupad given by the maestros.

Dhrupad was originally sung in temples and later thrived under the patronage of the Mughal rulers who were acclaimed Dhrupadias. Almost every gharana or the Music tradition, be it gwalior, or Agra, were initially the Dhrupad Gharana and eventually formed the Khyala school of music. Today, a few number of Dhrupad tradition schools are in the trend such as Vishnupur Gharana, Dagarvani, Darbhanga, Betia, Talwandi, etc..

Dhrupad exponents

Since last 10 decades, the synonymous of Dhrupad Gayaki is Dagarwani or the lineage of Dagar Bandhu (brothers). Eminent figures like Nasir Moinuddin, Nasir Aminuddin Dagar, Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Hussain Sayeedudddin Dagar have taken forward on its zenith by their competence and by transferring the pedagogy to the comtempories. All the Dhrupad Singers today like Gundecha brothers, Pt. Ritwik Saniyal, Pt. Uday Bhawalkar are the disciples and torchbearers of Dagar and Dhrupad tradition as well.

Connection with the Cosmos

Considered as the sound of meditation and worship, its mantric recitation comprises of an organised, elaborated and complex grammar and aesthetics. One needs to have a proper pedagogy of voice culture and engineering, as it deals with the cosmic sounds and intonations. Fundamental to Dhrupad singing is the practice of Nāda Yoga, in which, through various yogic practices, the singer develops the inner resonance of the body, and can make the sound resonate and flow freely through the entire region from navel to head. Even the Dhrupad maestros experience very transcending connections through the pedagogy of Dhrupad. 

Dhrupad Gayaki consists of an elaborated, consistence, flawless, rhythmic nom-tom Alap in a raga, followed by a Dhrupad bandish, Layakaris (Bandish rendered with magical rhythm and incredible meter of the same tala and tempo which is going on), Bol baant, Gamak, and finally the fast-paced overly extended, highly skilled nom-tom rhythmic cycles.

How It Heals

Chanting of mantras and hymns, as in Dhrupad, can be thought of as tools that liberate the mind. Mantra is a Sanskrit word which means ‘mental liberation’. It awakens the life forces that exists in the human souls and directs the mind towards the transcended state. Constant listening and rendering of these cosmic sounds delivers the mind from its worldly conditioning and brain limitations.

Aum sound is unnecessarily associated with Hinduism albeit it has been taken up in the Sanskrit shlokas and mantras Hinduism being the oldest culture. But Om is just a sound which exists in the cosmos. Sun makes a sound that never reaches earth. NASA laboratory in space captured sound and recorded. Most astonishing that the sound resembles “Om”. Scientists are still trying to correlate why ancient Hindu mantra and sun’s sound are same. I might not want to enter into this segment as this is another wide area, but Dhrupad incorporates all these cosmic sounds and its oscillations, which gradually enhances the cognition by its ultimate ability of developing mindfulness. In fact, Dhrupad rendition is more systematic and calculative procedure of these mantras intermingled with the Raga aesthetics and classical improvisation.

In the journey of self improvement, wellness, and moving inward, it is good to be in confusion rather than fixing a conclusion, because everything has to be self-realized rather than read or preached. Therefore, in this abstract concepts, let’s try this another experiment of internal healing by listening to the mantras in the form of Dhrupad. May be you are very far from exploring a new ray of bliss and intellect.

Ragas: My new course

Namaste,

Indian classical music mainly concerns about Ragas. The more you dive deep down in this ocean, you attain some valuable ambrosia of new knowledge and perceptions. But before that, we need to understand some basic knowledge of the fundamental Ragas, which are the stepping stones in this journey of bliss.

Welcome to my new course on udemy, which introduces Ragas. In this course you will be able to master five Ragas which belongs to the Thaat Kalyan: Yaman, Kedar, Bhoopali, Nand, and Hansdhwani. Here is the introductory video. Please have a look.