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Noise and music, both are poles apart. Yet, Orchestra Parties produce the former in the name of the latter. More the decibels, grander they think it is. They appear to be tuned to 'noise levels' and are at a loss to perform on 'melodious levels' on a stage. The hapless neighbourhood has to undergo 'naraka yaatane’ (hell-experience) from noise!
The autorickshaw drivers' group in the locality organizes the annual 'celebration' of Kannada Rajyotsava (invariably mispronounced as 'RajyoS-Tava'!!), on the last Sunday of November. November 1, 1956 was when Mysore state was expanded with new boundaries.
A stage and a pandal is erected right on the middle of the busy road. They make the traffic police give permission to create such a public nuisance! When asked, they will tell 'just for one day please adjust' (swalpa adjust madkoLLI). Electric power gets drawn from the electric pole (free)! Such is the deplorable system that rules!
It is a busy road junction, in fact, only about 3 cricket pitches away from our gate. Signal lights are switched off and traffic is blocked/diverted for the evening. Later, some ‘chota pudaari’ (politico) inaugurates it with a short speech. The programme of noise pollution goes on from about 6 pm-11pm. We pray for a 'power failure' during that time, but they ensure it doesn't happen! Peace goes to pieces at this time and when it finally gets over, it seems like the end of a severe storm.
Improved technology provides blaring speakers with thousands of watts of sound power in smallish boxes. Weirdly enough, louder, harsher, gaudier, seems to be the taste of this ‘movers and shakers’ generation. They applaud the high-decibel harsh 'noise', standing close to those loud speakers and getting 'entertained'! These modern loud speakers contribute to the most horrible and intolerable humming sound created by the electronic drums which makes our window panes and door latches dance, esp. to the ‘dham dham dum’s. We can feel the hum in our lungs also. Even my newspaper which I was holding to read felt those vicious vibes, not to mention my ear drums, despite being cotton-plugged! Water in the glass created circles! I remembered my maternal grandmother, for, she would have heard nothing at all!
There cannot be 'orchestrated melody'! I'm told that the volume of the loud speakers and the number of instruments in 'play' are kept high mainly to absorb or make up for the tonal lacuna [surely there are exceptions] of the singers.
I wonder why celebrations like these and even festivals come to the streets and create a grand public nuisance. Isn't there any better, useful and peaceful way of celebrating them so that least inconvenience to others is caused if at all it must. It only exposes the poor taste and culture, which is atypical of Mysore.