Thursday, August 21, 2008

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value

Lately, with the posts like independence and friendship how can I forget Music as music is the life …the food…to survive :)

I happened to watch one of the episode of the India program called ‘Koffee with Karan’ in which they had Himesh Reshamiya as guest.

“All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?” ~Nicholas Johnson
It was interesting, as I myself like some of his songs but he is been labeled as a nasal singer. More over he initially came up as a composer, music director and then he took to singing and now acting too.

I remember Sonu Nigam – another great singer who acted in movie but the movie got flop. So he is a successful singer though not an actor.

“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success”. ~ Bruce Feirstein

When Himesh’s movie promo was going on I thought is he gone crazy!
Believe me I like his some of the songs and let me tell you its awesome and liked by most of them due to the peppiness and it’s different ;)

I remember once, I brought the DVD of his movie and I don’t know I didn’t even reach the half and got to some other work and then forgot to watch and returned the dvd to the store :D

I had the feeling that he is arrogant, full of pride and doesn’t respect anyone. When I saw the ‘Koffeee with Karan’ program he was totally a different person!
He is like I agree what ever people say about me that I am a nasal singer and initially I was trying to defend myself lol!

“Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue” ~ Joseph Addison

I was totally zapped at his statement, but don’t know something has happened that he is trying to show he is down to earth person! But in that show also with my analytical skills ;) I felt that he was accepting the critic that he is a nasal singer but then he said I am accepting this because I am successful today – which clearly meant that he is kind of telling people that yes, I am a nasal singer so what you people like it anyway …lol!

Well, couple of things I liked about him during the interview session where he said- he has no talent and its mere luck and prayers that has made him so successful and secondly that what goes up has to come down (gravity I guess ;) ) so he knows there will be a down fall time too and so seems he has prepared himself for that.

“The depth of your mythology is the extent of your effectiveness”. ~ John C. Maxwell

Of all these, I was amazed to see his co-competitors or should I say other composers and music directors who were asked to comment on Himesh’s success and talent.

I am discussing about Himesh but then I will not loose the opportunity to discuss about others too here :) as you don’t always get one ;)

There were singers and music directors who commented and I have to say I was very happy and glad to hear from these two people who were readily accepting that Himesh has done what they never thought of, such as

Anu Mallik – I think he is a senior and established music director/singer and yet he accepted that Himesh is great in his creativity and he has done something which they have not thought of doing and so the result is that he just came and is climbing the stairs of success.

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something”. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Similarly, Shaan – the playback singer who said people say its by fluke Himesh’s songs got hit but then how many fluke’s does it happen?
He also accepted that, his kids also always sing the songs that Himesh sing and I think that’s a very honest statement to share with audience and yet honest compliment that Himesh can get one.

I have high respect for these two people even though they are best in their field they are down to earth and ready to accept the truth and I think any artist who is a true artist will be like one of them.

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her”. ~ David Brinkley
Now comes the critic part of the other comments that were made.

Kailash Kher : He is a good singer and I like his sufi songs which you can find in my radio-blog too. But the way he was criticizing Himesh saying his songs get hit because he is hammering the lyrics many times :D….so it gets in to people’s mind haha I was laughing at that one….are people so stupid?
Another comment he made was like a certain group or community enjoys Himesh’s songs not the upper class…wow! What a statement to make? In fact in the survey that ‘Koffeee with Karan’ did had all class and all mediums who were mentioning how much they love his songs whether its in the car, pubs or even marriages…in fact Madhuri Dixit said Himesh’s song is family song of there’s :D isn’t that a big compliment and says about the class? :D

Aadesh Srivastav: He is a music director and he was saying yes Himesh is successful in what ever he is doing but its all commercial and I would judge him based on his classical music…! C’mon you can’t accept that you are not there where he reached in a short matter of time?
Udit Narayan : He is a playback singer and was very much smiling when saying that he is happy with Himesh’s success. He didn’t say any negative thing but the way he was saying –more or less it seemed like a sarcastic comment.

Over all I want to say is that an artist can be liked by few, more or everyone but then no matter what If the artist is successful then one shouldn’t deny about their success and accept the fact that there is a difference in creativity thinking.

“The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves”. ~William Penn
The moment you start giving reasons why another person is successful or let him do this or that and then see if he achieves success then I think that’s more or less a jealous that is talking and jealousy never takes you anywhere.

Music is something I always felt is soothing and the people attached to it are too but when I see all this I feel everything is ultimately business and money :)

“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” ~ Oscar Wilde

14 comments:

Priya said...

When money and success comes in a very short time, people do change their words either to bring them down or say hey, I am still ur senior. I think that kind of attitude still prevails in India in all professional jobs.

This my fav' quote of urs Dawn-

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her”. ~ David Brinkley

Diana said...

To begin with..everybody is a different person when he/she comes to Koffee with Karan.....

I personally do not like Himesh's songs....but he is another person in the big Bollywood industry whos trying to make it big.....I think he shud concentrate on music productions which he does the best

Prashant Sree said...

Hi,

A nice topic for the article. Its better to be man of values rather than a man of success.,. So we had more like a review of Himesh personality here...!! Anyhow, these lines are immensely correct and good too. I liked that.

"The moment you start giving reasons why another person is successful or let him do this or that and then see if he achieves success then I think that’s more or less a jealous that is talking and jealousy never takes you anywhere."

Iam curious to hear about the book "The Worldly Philosophers'. Give me a review on it.

And yes, if you can share your feedback on my blog, i would really appreciate it :)

Cheers.

Tarun Goel said...

Hi "sehar"....
Coming from your hindi blog to the english one.
Wanted to congratulate you for your book but then you seem to be away from your hindi blog so thought to drop a comment here.
Dreams do come true and I love the way you write....:)

Dawn....सेहर said...

priya: Yes, exactly this is what I felt too! Thanks dear for liking the quotes
Cheers dear

diana: Welcome dear! I appreciate you commented your views here and I wish
you come again
Thanks and Cheers

prashant sree: Welcome dear :) and thank you for all your comments and views
I will do write up about the book that you mentioned here :)
I will soon visit your blog too :)
Thanks and Cheers

tarun goel: WOW! Thanks dear, I feel good when someone visits my Hindi blog
Its not that I don’t go there, basically when I sit there to write it’s like a never ending process. My heart just opens up there….and time is one of the main reason that I dare not to go there :D…!
Thanks for your wishes and kind words….its people like you who encourages me and keeps the spirit high in me :)
Cheers dear

Vinz aka Vinu said...

@dawn

nice quotes..

personally am not a fan of himesh ....i always feel hes trying to fake his voice..i mean, he is nt using his original voice...

Deepak Gopi said...

Hi Dawn
Cofee with Karan is a well conceived show.I try to see not to miss any one of them.
Good day

Jeevan said...

Himesh’s recent album in Tamil ‘Dhasavatharam’ was wonderful, I liked all the songs, may be because there are some talents behind him like lyrics, director’s idea.... Thanks for sharing meaningful thoughts in-between!

Good music is to listen, whatever the world says is more or less the judgment differs from one another.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi dawn
loved reading your poerspective..always do enjoy the insight...its good to know them all at one place.

Keshi said...

Dawny thats so true...success happens with many ppl but ppl with VALUE dun always HAPPEN.

Keshi.

Manish Kumar said...

I have seen this program long time back on Karan's show. Problem with Himesh is that on these kind of shows he pretends as a down to earth person but on talent shows he tries to shout down others .

In my opinion he is a good music director & has given some grt scores in films like Tere Naam & more recently Namaste London.

But as a singer and actor he has got more commercial success than he deserves.

krystyna said...

Thank you Dawn for sharing these your wise thoughts....
and quotes.
It is so nice to read your posts!

Love & Hugsss!

Shiva said...

The read was education on the hindi platform. Yes. Himesh is doing great. His music in Dasavatharam (recent tamil) was also good. Especially, "Mukundha Mukhunda " song..

Where do you get the quotes from? Wherever be it, I get the quotes from your posts.

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