Pune: Tabla player Pandit Nana Mule, who has accompanied legends like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, will receive the Vatsalabai Joshi Award during the 65th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav organised by Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal.
In Antranga, a sideline event at Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, while interacting with Shrinivas Joshi, Executive President of Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal, Mule recalled his musical memories and spoke about his experiences.
“Playing vocal music on the tabla is very difficult. First, we have to understand the meaning, rhythm and melodic composition of the song, and only then excellent music can be given to the song. Sometimes, the musicians we are accompanying are weak with their tunes. At that time, the tabla accompanist should know to handle the song and the situation,” Mule said.
According to him, it takes ages to learn the authentic way to play the tabla and till a person reaches a level to play, the time doesn’t remain the same. He added, “One thing I have always believed is that art has no age. I have listened to and learnt from children too. This belief has always inspired me to stay down to earth.”
Talking about his gurus, Mule said, “When Guru Panditnath Nageshwar sat and rehearsed the tabla, I used to learn the rules, and later I practised on my own. Once, Guru Jagannath Buva made me practise continuously for eight hours, which later helped me play loud even without a mike.”