I am Michael Makhal, a Violinist on Western Classical Music, from India.
India?? Yes, India, a country of Eastern Classical Music, a country of instruments like, Sitar, Tabla, Taanpura, Sarangi, Bamboo Flute, Sarod, Shaynahi, Santoor etc.
In India, we also have huge number of Western Classical Musicians, after all the ace Zubin Mehta was born and brought up in India. The present musicians of this kind are not that recognized any more, because of the crisis of educative audience. My father, Mr. Ananta Makhal was a Violinist and Conductor of Calcutta Symphony Orchestra and he had the veteran Mstislav Rostropovich and Yehudi Menhuin as an esteem audience during 1960's. But today, the orchestra doesn’t even exist any more, lack of sponsors for western classical music concert in India.
There is no money on western classical music in India as a performer, but yes, you can lead a decent life as a teacher. All good musicians are getting involved with Indian film industry, you know Bollywood and Tollywood!! There is good money in film industry, so I do the same as well, but yes, I also play for The Delhi Symphony Orchestra at the 1st Violin section and at least once in a year we present a concert. Yes, one concert!! Unbelievable isn’t it?? Yes, we get to play a concert as much as one in a year. Mr. Gautam Kaul, general secretary of DSO, is at his best, Mr, Kaul lives every moment of his life to promote Delhi Symphony Orchestra and to encourage western classical music in India.I wish, he get more opportunities to organize many concerts, at least four concerts in a year.
The good news is that The Delhi Symphony Orchestra did manage to perform their first ever International concert, last year October. The concert took place at Japan, Tokyo. It happened during an event called Asia orchestra week. Every year Japan organizes this concert and last time it was us along with KBS symphony orchestra from Korea and Kunming symphony orchestra from China. Our orchestra was united with Sri Lankan symphony orchestra and was called Good Will Symphony Orchestra. That was my first International concert as well; I can never forget the excitement and the achievement. We performed on the stage of The Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall; it’s like a never seen dream come true. The best part of it was, we had a great responds, and people actually liked the concert. We had long ovation and many curtain calls. We were tensed before the concert, but the appreciations of the audience pulled us to the sky. I can never forget that moment. I hope that we have more concerts like this, because we can perform western classical music very well and may do better if we have more opportunities. After all practice makes man perfect, isn’t it??
I have a strong belief that, the day is not very far, when we began to have more audience for this performing art and will do great, like any other famous orchestras of this World.
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