Growing up with music is something you grow attaching yourself with the artist. Its nothing new to me because I love music and when I attend concerts with my concert group LOST DOGS - that is our group called, we all associate ourselves with the artist and the music in our own way.
For the first time I am introducing my concert group to this blog world and blog family of mine. We have Sudhir, Ani and myself - we just love music and the best part is that we love each other's company too.
It was one of those moments where we as a group used to share music with each other. Anyone listens to something new they will suggest and share the album in dropbox. I had heard Papon in
"The Dewarist" - The Dewarists is a musical television series on MTV India The series is part music documentary and part travelogue. The show casts musicians from various parts of the world, collaborating to create original music while travelling across India. But I was introduced more formally by my buddy Sudhir. We shared music of all kinds of musicians because we love World Music. But Papon had captured my heart during that time. I always listened to his music and more of his first Hindi Album - where his lyrics clearly indicated our common interest which is Mother Nature.
Sudhir always encouraged me saying you both have common interests and you both write poetry that is an amazing thing.
With the time passing I started communicating with Papon via twitter and his facebook page. It was a total musical connection and it grew up so much that when I started reading that he is performing in UK, India all over - I started wondering whats wrong if he comes to USA., and our struggle started in convincing him. He would communicate through twitter saying yes please talk to my manager.
My sincere effort to bring Papon and The East Indian Company to Bay Area was in 2012. But I got a simple answer, he is not a bollywood singer and so it wont make sense for us to bring him. I guess every artist has to give an entrance exam and so finally after 2-3 years Papon came to Bay Area via AFNA and other supporting groups. He came to Bay Area and performed Chabot College at Hayward and the result was people who dont know Papon also started associating with him. A true performer and artist is who speaks through his music and performance and rest the crowd was left with cheer.
It was a first meet up for me and Papon. Though we had been very good friends in the virtual world. When we met it was something beyond this world - he said to me I feel as if we have known to each other since long time and indeed it is. All we both did was hug each other for long time - it was simply in one word can be put as - CRAZY.
Our eyes spoke and our hugs conveyed the special feelings and message across as the craving for a music lover and for an artist towards his fan.
I had the chance to hangout with him on couple of occasions and the beauty is that his simplicity, down to earth nature is what makes him an ultimate human being.
Before leaving he told me we have to meet and we met. The meeting was not at all formal. It was Kendriya Vidhyalay (KV) school mates reunion when Papon's sister-in law and brother-in law joined the core - where we sang our school prayers and songs that we learned growing up in KV, anyone who is from this school they automatically connect they dont need any introduction. It was an ultimate reunion with a promise to meet and be in touch.
Life is beautiful when you live every moment because as I always say, there is no tomorrow that we know until we be in that present moment. Life is to live love and let others live. When there is love there is more blossoming of love and its fragrance is contagious, as supposed to the hatred.
Papon has left USA and as he kept in touch by messaging with final board - my heart is content because its not the end - it just began ;)
"There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment"