Last week the music teacher at Khalsa Montessori School asked me to bring some instruments and sing for the preschool and early elementary classes. 150 children from six classrooms got introduced to taus, tanpura, and pakhawaj, sang sa re ga ma pa da ni, and clapped along while they counted the taal. These children are typically American, come from diverse backgrounds, and most have not previously heard Indian music. But they loved this music and on Friday I received a bundle of thank you cards made by the children. Here are some of their comments and illustrations:
“I really loved the taus because I liked the sound that it made and that it is shaped like a peacock.”
If you ever wonder if this ancient music is still relevant, just ask the children! If you ever wonder if it is important to make sure this music is remembered, just ask the children!