One of the pleasures of writing is to hear back from readers who have views that are opposite your own; and who are able to educate you about their area of expertise. A while ago, I wrote a piece in Mint about western classical music conductors here.
I heard back from a reader who told me about a conductor I had never heard about. Thus began an email exchange about Carnatic music and Classical music. I have– with his permission– pasted it below. He lives in New Delhi and his name (fake but authentic to his region) is Bijoy Banerjee. Read below from bottom to top for context and history. Top to bottom for content. Will be posting more from our exchanges as they come up.
From: joy gmail.com>
I’m glad you liked it. Feel free to post this on your blog. No names please. This way the brickbats will be for you!
On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM, Shoba Narayan wrote:
Here’s the deal.
On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM, Shoba Narayan wrote:
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 1:04 PM
To: Seema Chowdhry (Mint Editorial, New Delhi)
Cc: Priya Ramani (Mint, New Delhi)
Subject: FW: The Symphony Orchestra
Sent: 29 September 2012 09:45:21
Subject: The Symphony Orchestra
Your discussion about chefs d’orchestre was incomplete without a mention of Furtwangler