Friday, November 25, 2005

(Saa Virahe' -Radha's Separation)- The first word of a composition 'Saa virahe tava denaa' by JAYADEVA. The legendary composer famous for his peotic compositions in Sanskrit, known as Gita Govindam" and also known as "Astha Padi", representing The Räsa Léla of Sri Krishna with Rädha and the Gopicas ! known as The eight lovers of Sri Krishna)

Aladdin is a violin maestro. 

He runs a music shop for livelihood, taking

leave from his profession of performing violin. 

Since times have changed and there are not many takers for 

classical music he teaches his son to play violin.

Hussein a child prodigy......

Who has mastered the art of playing Violin at an early childhood

 under the tutelage of his father Maestro Allauddin. 

One day during the holidays of Ramadan by evening 

after his violin practice, he joins his friends to play 

in their neighborhood.

While chasing after the ball heunmindfully enters 

the main Bazaar street, where a riot has broken and 

the miscreants were seen looting,

killing and burning down the shops. 

Hussein in his eagerness to retrieve the ball 

gets caught in the riot and one of the rioters, 

finding him in his way,gets a hold on him and 

lifting him in to the air throws him on the steps of Mosque. 

Right away Hussein starts bleeding to death.

Soon a rain starts to pour down washing

 away his blood forming in to tiny flowing

 rivulets finally joining the river that goes

 through the city. While the sun setting, 

an evening prayer and breaking fast goes on in the mosque. 

At the city's burial ground.......

Among many of the tombs built for the dead, 

the orphan children gather during the night, 

a place which they call home. 

Hussein is also seen taking shelter amongst the buried 

sat next to a tomb. 

As the day sets in, he starts on a journey......

Traveling far and long for days 

together, he reaches a deserted 

city colored in Pink. 

As he goes around the city 

he finds the walls of houses 

painted with murals of people singing and 

playing various instruments.

After wards he leaves 

the city wandering to 

the country side.

 On a hot sunny day,

 tired and thirsty; 

his ears cache a song coming from afar in the landscape. 

Hoping to find some water, 

He reaches there to see an Old Seer Sat under 

a big Papal Tree surrounded by sheep and

Shepard boys was singing a beautiful hymn. 

(A song rendered in evoking gods). Seeing the boy

 in an exhausted condition, he stops his singing

 as as Hussein makes a sign for water, he points 

him to a house near by and tells him to go to there 

saying that he would also get what he is seeking. 

 As the sun is on its 

way to setting, Hussein 

approaches the house, 

there he comes across an

 old lady, Sidheshwari, who is milking the cow. 

           He asks her to give him something to 

quench his thirst.  Sidheshwari gives him milk 

to drink and inquires after him, 

up on finding that he is an orphan, 

her daughter Vasantha, a young woman

takes a liking to him and tells  her mother, that 

they should let him live with them.

They name him Sidharth and soon 

the boy is a happy child as he is loved 

and nourished and cared for.

Sidheshwari,whose husband had left on 

a pilgrimage years back and never 

returned, her young Daughter Vasantha 

are the only ones left of a great and 

well known family of traditional 

classical musicians. 

In her younger days Sidheshwari was very 

well  known for singing and she has taught 

her daughter to play violin, 

who is a virtuoso.

One day Vasantha, in order to replace her old violin, 

which is broken, visits the shop of the Old music Maestro. 

On her way to the shop in the streets she is confronted by 

a bird catcher, who forces her to buy a rare beautiful bird, 

kept in a cage. She feels so distressed for the bird 

that she offers to buys it, despite the warnings of 

the old maestro. This whole affair annoys the old 

maestro and he laments that, he had to put up with 

this cruel sight of birds being kept in cages every day and 

when he is old enough and nearing death. 

He prays for the of change the cruel heart of the bird catcher and 

give freedom to the poor birds, who are caged. 

He scolds the bird catcher and tells him to get reformed and stop the

 cruelty to birds,suggesting that he could choose some other

 profession and stop troubling his customers.

The maestro shows her around 

his shop. She looks at a beautiful 

violin kept in a glass case, while 

she inquires about it, a well 

dressed young man by the name Rahul, who has been looking

 around for a while reaches for the violin and takes it out of the case, 

pleased by its beauty he approaches the maestro 

asking for its price.Taken in by this sudden event 

the young lady protests to the young man, that in 

fact she was inquiring after it and she is going to 

buy it. 

The young man responds saying that since he got it first, 

it is his right to buy and with that they both start fighting with 

each other, over who has the right to buy it.

The maestro finds him self being amused by the fighting couple 

but politely tells them that the violin is not for sale.

 While both insist that they would like to buy it.

He tells them that....

the violin is not for sale and it belonged to 

his son,who is no more and once, 

he is used to play it every day and 

in remembrance of him, he had kept it preserved.

He tells them that there are many beautiful 

violins,any of which they could buy and 

he inquires after both of them as to why 

they would want to buy a violin. 

the young man explains that all

his life  he had wanted to learn 

playing the violin...... 

but he could not afford one,

now is the time for him since.... 

he is gainfully employed....

so he could afford to learn. 

While the young lady tells him that since, 

her old violin broke, 

she needs a new one to continue practice. 

The old maestro finding out, that she is the daughter of 

the famed singer Sidheshwari,whom he knew very well, 

becomes thought full for a while and tells both of them that 

there is one way, where both of them could have it.

He tells them that, though he would not sell 

the violin...

 yet he could give it to both of them on 

a condition that the young man chooses to

 learn from her and in turn 

she be willing to teach him. 

He also tells them that when they have no need for it or 

if they stop playing it, then they should return the violin back to him.

 He tells them that he is willing to giving it to them, 

only because he wanted the violin to be played every day, 

which would give him some consolation to the fact that 

his son used to play it every day.

They both accept to this condition, 

though grudgingly and Rahul, happy at 

the prospect of finding a teacher, 

promises to visit her house for his violin classes.

Soon after her arrival at home....

Vasanta shows the violin to Siddhartha. 

He instantly takes a great liking

 to the violin and soon becomes

inseparable with it. 

To every one's surprise he plays 

divinely and each time he played 

the violin, the house would lit with 

a golden hue spreading around.

There lives in theirs neighborhood....

An old retired school teacher married to his young wife 

with no children. Not a day passes by with out her 

picking at the old man and She would be cursing 

her poor parents saying that all they could do is 

nothing better than, just find an old man for 

a son in law. The old teacher, though gentle, is 

a resigned person. But as he starts to listen to the violin 

being played at his neighbors......

he finds life full of joy and often would exclaim, 

that God is merciful for having brought the happiness back 

in to his life and he could expect nothing better. 

But his wife,who is a spiteful lady, seeing him happy, 

would curse him and also the neighbors, saying that, 

the music has brought ruin to her life and all that 

the old man does is sit and exclaim, like a madman.

Surrounded by happiness and merry, Rahul and Vasantha fall in love

 with each other and soon they get married.

 As wished by Sidheshwari, Rahul comes to stay 

with them at their house. 

On his first night, while Siddhartha plays the violin.

Rahul is taken aback at seeing his wife as some one

 divine and he finds him self being held back from

 reaching his wife. He suddenly starts feeling that 

the music played by Siddhartha is 

what making him helpless and vulnerable. 

Disturbed by such a happening he believes, the violin has 

some kind of power which is probably making him imagine things.

 He suggests to both Sidheshwari and Vasantha, 

that now they have to run a family and think of future, 

it would be better for them to be realistic and stop indulging in music.

 His decision makes everyone in the family sad, 

since now he is the master of the house, 

both mother and daughter give in to 

his proposal......

that the violin should be returned 

as part of the agreement with maestro.

The young couples take the violin back to 

the old maestro and tell him that 

Now they are married, 

it would be difficult for them to continue with music, 

since they will have to be bothered with running a family. 

When they return back home, they discover that Siddhartha had 

left their house and the bird too gone.

The next day their neighbor, 

the old school teacher is found dead while he is asleep.

The incident saddens them all but soon 

they have something to cheer up, 

as the young couple discover,that 

they are going to have a baby. 

On the day of the baby boy's birth they all witness 

the same phenomenon of the golden hue spreading 

in their house which they think is a good omen, and 

they name him as Siddhartha. 

Their life is filled with joy as they see Siddhartha growing.

One day while listening to the violin being played on the Radio,

 Siddhartha is so taken in by the beauty of the music, 

he inquires about it with his grand mother and 

up on learning that they were a family of musicians and 

his mother is an exponent of violin, 

He tells her that he would like to learn playing it. 

Sidheshwari enthralled by the prospects of 

her grand son continuing their tradition.

That night she is visited by a vision and 

remembers the young boy, who once lived 

in her house. 

Sidheshwari sees the resemblance of him in her Grand son 


She determines to get the same violin for her grand son to play and

son to play and she plans a visit to the old musician 

along with her daughter, son in law and grand son.

The maestro Aladdin recognizes, the resemblance of Sidhartha 

to his dead son Hussein and he talks about it. Sidheshwari, 

narrates the story of the boy who stayed with them long back and 

they all discover that Hussein is the one who had reincarnated as 


They are overjoyed by this divine miracle and 

As they hear a commotion breaking out in the streets, 

they walk out to see that. 

A saint with his followers is seen along with the bird catcher, 

Who is now in monk's robes freeing the birds from cages. 

They all remark that it is such a beautiful sight 

to see all those birds free and probably 

it is one more of Gods miracles 

that the bird catcher is now a 

transformed man.

Sidheshwari, Maestro Aladdin 

and the young couple with 

Siddhartha approach the saint 

and his disciples, ask his blessing for young Siddhartha. 

Instead the saint along with his disciples pays 

his obeisance to Siddhartha....

while they all look at him surprised by 

such an unusual happening,

 the saint tells them that, 

the boy is none other than the Bodhisattva reincarnated and 

they are all so fortunately blessed to be witnessing it. 

He tells them that,

Bodhisatwa is born on this earth as Sidhartha 

to bless us all by spreading love and compassion

through his divine music and that they 

are so fortunate, for the master has chosen to

 grace them with his birth, as a member of their family.

Now Siddhartha, sat under 

the shade of papal tree 

surrounded by the sheep and 

shepherds is playing his violin. 

We can all listen to the divine music floating down and  reaching 

our ears.......