‘The sound of music’ is a story of two world renowned musicians who courageously overcame their disabilities and made a mark in the industry. They showed the world that disability does not end one’s life; it can be the starting for something grand. The first of the two stories is about Evelyn Glennie, who is a multipercussionist and an internationally acclaimed musician. And the second story is about Bismillah Khan, the all-time great Shehnai Vadak and a Bharat Ratna recipient.
The first part of the feature is based on the theme that earnest efforts and able guidance pave one’s way to success. The aspirations, endeavours and achievements of the eminent Scottish percussion musician Evelyn Glennie were made possible by her unfaltering determination. She overcame the challenge of her impaired hearing through her firm belief in herself and great confidence in her will.
The second feature is written on the theme that music transcends all barriers. The author’s focus on Bismillah Khan’s achievements in the field of classical shehnai music reveal how this great musician’s life was devoted to his passion for shehnai. It was Bismillah Khan’s secular approach to music that he sharpened his skill without any bias towards the source of his opportunities. The life of this legendary musician is an example of the rich, cultural heritage of India that respects talent, irrespective of the religion of the artist
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