Dear Friends/wellwishers and visitors of this blog
This post is not a regular post on a Music Lesson Upload or a Raga Appreciation or yet another Download of a Live Concert. Please read through..
Today afternoon I received a telephone call from the office of M/s. Ranjani Gayatri asking me to delete all their concerts uploaded – (so far I had uploaded three concerts from year 2010) followed by a mail.
The person on the other side introduced himself as Mr.Krishnan and very politely enquired about the recent upload of the duo’s concert and wanted to know from where /who I got this download. Unfortunately, I could not recollect this as many of my friends/visitors of this blog share good music with me, which I share with all of you. I recollect that it was somewhere in the year 2011, I got this recording. Since the renditions were good, I shared it in my blog with sole intention of educative purpose. On the post itself I have mentioned that if any copyright claims occur, I shall delete it.
This was followed by a mail sent from their office. They wanted to inform all the visitors of this blog that their music cannot be shared. I am pasting their mail here as I do not have to type it again.
Dear Smt Anuradha,
Greetings. We are writing to you on behalf of Ranjani Gayatri. This is regarding your Upload of Ranjani and Gayatri’s concert recordings in your blog and website.
The artistes wish to inform you that this concert has been recorded without their knowledge and permission and should not be shared or distributed in any manner. We request you to please remove this concert from your blog immediately, and also destroy any copy of it in your possession. Possession and hosting online is a violation of the copyright of the artistes.
Thank you for your understanding.
From the office of Ranjani Gayatri
Dear Friends, Let me also inform you that I have deleted all recordings of Ranjani Gayatri from the server. If anybody has downloaded these from my blog, kindly delete/destroy it from your collection/possession. Also please do not sent me mails to post their concerts. (I am sorry to say this.) Even possessing amounts to violation of copyright as per their mail. I respect the copyright of the artist and hence removed all traces of Ranjani Gayatri from my computer.
Whenever I post a concert, the primary intention is the appreciation of art . If the art presented by the artist is very good and polished, all by-products like fame, followers, prosperity etc automatically pours in. The Trinity of Carnatic Music and other great composers (endless if I start naming) had the foresight of not copyrighting their creations so that the coming generations, could learn, hear , sing, propogate, promote and attain salvation through Nada Yoga. Let the Trinity of Carnatic Music and other great composers pardon the artists who supress the spread of Carnatic Music, and me if I am wrong.
But I wish to make a strong statement here that this blog appreciates mainly the art of Indian Carnatic Music and also assert that if the role is reversed, which means that art is subsidiary to the artist then, I am very sorry to say that there BEGINS THE COUNTDOWN OF THE ARTIST !!
This has been an eye-opener for me and from 2014 onwards, I will be concentrating mainly on upcoming talents whom I presume will not have any objection to hear/share/possess their music in the net as well as in the comforts of their own home. I hope that they continue to do so even after they start receiving all by-products of success like name, fame, money, riches and what not from the art! I pray to GOD that their focus do not shift from the art to the by-products of success. I am speaking about this only in the case of live concerts where the artist is justifiably compensated. Let the new talents also remember that the common man interested in Carnatic Music will not have the money, time or influence to get admitted to a live concert happening in a Sabha.
The reason behind writing this post is that my primary focus is teaching music and sharing whatever quantum of knowledge I have imbibed, not only to my students but anyone who is interested to know about carnatic music. There are instances where I am teaching without taking any monetary benefits from students who are very keen, truly deserving and passionately interested in music.