KA­MALA SHANKAR, 52

Mu­si­cian

India Today - - 72 YEARS OF INDEPENDEN­CE -

“Pa­tri­o­tism or na­tional pride is the feel­ing of love, de­vo­tion and sense of at­tach­ment to the home­land and with the cit­i­zens who share the same sen­ti­ment. It is about tak­ing pride in one’s ori­gin and work­ing for the pros­per­ity of the coun­try. Be­ing a mu­si­cian, I feel mu­sic it­self has the ca­pa­bil­ity to in­flu­ence one’s mood and psy­chol­ogy and when we add the feel­ing of pa­tri­o­tism to it, the re­sults are over­whelm­ing. Those songs can in­voke awe and great­ness. In­dian mu­sic has been an ex­pres­sion of pa­tri­o­tism right from the days of our free­dom strug­gle and Hin­dus­tani clas­si­cal mu­sic is pa­tri­otic as it is In­dian to the core. I con­nect and in­flu­ence the au­di­ence through my mu­sic played on my in­stru­ment, the Shankar Veena. I en­joy the free­dom to com­pose and per­form for my coun­try and out­side rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try. That, for me, is pa­tri­o­tism.”

KR­ISHNA SINGH

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