Confessions of a violinist!


Believe me, it's true! I have been playing violin for many years now. Whenever people see violin in my hands, one song I am always asked to play is "Mohabbatein" from SRK's popular movie with the same name. I won't deny the fact that being capable of playing such a popular song used to give me a sense of pride initially. However, over the time I have become quite repulsive towards this song, reason being people think that Mohabbatein is the only song that is supposed to be played on violin! And hence, one line that I don't really wish to hear anymore is "zara mohabbatein suna do" (please play mohabbatein). Another misconception people have is that violin is meant only for sad songs. I remember, once my music teacher in school asked a student to learn violin. Moreover, my teacher introduced me to that student's parents who were present there, so that they could take some feedback from me regarding how easy/difficult learning violin was. Immediately that student's mother said, "No no, i don't want my son to play sad songs". I was completely taken aback by her comment!  According to me, violin is the instrument that comes closest to singing. Like a singer can sing sad as well as cheerful songs, violin sounds appealing for sad songs as well as equally lively for peppy songs. I told that lady not to go by the general perception as it is absolutely wrong. Don't know whether she let her son learn violin or not. Other than that i have been asked some weird questions too. Once someone asked me if I had learnt whole violin or not. I am still not sure what that person meant by "whole" violin. Few other questions I have been asked are how I decide which string to press and when, how I realize that I am supposed to move bow(violin stick) in a particular manner, why it doesn't slip from my hands while playing, if I get lost in the song while playing violin, etc. I could never answer most of the questions!! If you ask me what's the best thing about being a violinist, I would say I can play my favourite songs even when I am all alone.. that's the best thing for me. Sharing a video from a recent office event. Do watch!! :-)

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  1. Good morning!
    It's a beautiful song at the video! And congradulations you play violin. I think it's one of the best musical instruments, I love to hear. Don't give up, you are an artist!

    I'm following you to know more...
    Hugs,
    Camila

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation, Camila! Welcome here :-)

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  2. That is quite a an accomplishment to feel proud of, Radhika:)

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  3. I have one more question for you. You have played violin many times. But U haven't played it even once for me in-spite of my several request. I still crave for it. Please let me know when can you give me an appointment.:)

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    1. My apologies Sunny!! Feel free to come anytime!! :-)

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  4. Very interesting post Radhika. I suggest a post on the story of how you took up Violin playing.

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    1. Thank you Sir. I have already written a post about that:
      http://lifesaboutexperiences.blogspot.in/2011/02/being-violinist_21.html

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