A stagnant music?

M.V.Swaroop

Guitar PrasannaGuitar Prasanna, one of my favourite musicians, said in a recent interview, “Jazz is constantly evolving, while Carnatic music is static. That is the reason Carnatic music is in such a pathetic state today.” He goes on to state that musicians do not express themselves anymore, and that there aren’t enough Balamuralikrishnas and GNBs around. He was making a fair point, I thought at first glance. But, the more I think about it, the less convincing it seems. When tradition and history are crucial ingredients of an art form, they are the form’s greatest strengths and weaknesses. On the one hand, they give the art its mystifying depth, its breadth, its microscopic …read more