In The Telegraph, Calcutta, Mukul Kesavan compares Twenty20’s threat to Test cricket with bhangra pop’s to classical music. Without serving a long apprenticeship to an ustad or a guru from a classical gharana, some young men may end up becoming Indian idols, but despair not, says Kesavan.
“The follower of Test cricket can learn something from the survival of classical music in a world dominated by film music in India and pop music abroad. The three-minute song might be king, but symphonies survive, ragas are revived, sangeet sammelans thrive, Madras hosts its annual sabhas and classical musicians remain regulars on the Republic Day honours’ lists. If classical music, its virtuosos and its audience have survived the constantly foretold Death of the Gharana, perhaps Test cricket will survive the rumoured demise of the first-class game.”
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