Every car has a rear view mirror. Before embarking on a long journey, a good driver not only looks at it but also adjusts it so that the view is in proper perspective. And so before we begin this exciting journey ahead, it is only reasonable that we look back in time and get a clear perspective of the past so that the future is not directionless. So before beginning this wonderful project that Marathi Asmita now ventures into, it is necessary to revisit the Marathi Abhimaangeet. Over the next few posts, that is precisely what I intend to do. It shall be an introduction for you and an introspection for me.
What were the circumstances that led to the creation of what would perhaps be the biggest song ever created? A father's wish for his son to join the civil services, a letter writing session interrupted by a school principal, a playwright's insistence that his protégé read a 100 plays in his vacation, a poet's meeting with a student of law in the loo, an insult in a garment shop, a prayer sung by 65 children, a chance conversation with a radio jockey, and an argument over breakfast. These were some of the things that led to the making of the Marathi Abhimaangeet. The making of Marathi Abhimaangeet saw moments of anguish as well as moments of ecstasy. But the single most important achievement of the song was that it got so many people together. There is great power in togetherness. And that is what Marathi Abhimaangeet taught me. Kaushal S. Inamdar