February 18, 2001.

The Music of India


Thousands of years ago, during nihgts of meditation and writing of vedas, old Hindu masters heard Anahata Nad, an undisturbed divine sound. The taste and color of Indian music can be experienced at a photo exhibit by Andrzej Kotnowski, called Indiaand Nepal, at the Warsaw University Library, 56/66 Dobra St., through Feb. 28. It is being shown in connection with the promotion of Janusz Krzyzowski`s book, The Music of India (Muzyka Indii).
Doctor philosopher and traveler, Krzyżowski is a fascinated by Indian culture. "Classical Indian music, so different from that of Europe, requires refinement, the understanding of its structure, instrumentation, rules and customs," he said. During his travels, which began in 1972, Krzyżowski has visited India as well as the countries of the Indian subcontinent-Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal - and experienced the region`s music and dance in concert halls and shrines, and at festivals and private celebrations in towns and villages.
Construction engineer Andrzej Kotnowski, Krzyżowski`s friends, has accompanied Krzyzowski on his traveles. Thanks to his photography we can admire the riches of India and Nepal-the Golden Temple of the Singhs in Amritasar, the erotic lace sculptures before the Devi Djagdanmba temple, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the walls of the Golden City in Djasalmer with richly decorated wooden marchant`s houses, the valley of cave temples in Ajanta or the "eyes of Buddha" from the Swanambuhunath temple.
Through humble means, Krzyżowski and Kotnowski were able to convey the message of the great Indian musician Ali Akbara Khan: "Every type of music gives us food for the soul through its rhythm and melody."






 

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