If I could create a holiday I would do it to honor the Indian Classical Music and the people who dedicated their lives for the Indian Classical Music. The festival would honor the greatest Indian classical singers whether located in India or abroad. The holiday would be a special one as it would offer an opportunity for the new singers to come forward and display their talent as well as for the audience who wanted to hear live performance of their favorite singers.
This would also include sale of some rare musical records of the past legends including Krishnarao Shankar Pandit,DV Paluskar, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Allahrakha and others. Any help from the general public would also be encouraged to support those who devoted their lives to save the Indian Classical Music from vanishing.
Schools and colleges would be encouraged to hold competitions on this holiday such as debate or group discussion on the importance ofIndian Classical Music. If I could create a holiday it would not be to rest but to save our cultural heritage and what better than the Indian Classical Music.
The tragedy is that this great form of art is not paid as it should be. People come, listen, have breakfast, praise and go away. Earlier there used to be support from the rich people for the survival of the classical singers but these days not all the classical singers get such support. Story of Ustad Bismillah Khan is not hidden from many.
If I could create a holiday I would put my best efforts in saving the Indian classical singers from poverty. Indian classical music is one of the best and toughest yet divine forms of music. A holiday for Indian Classical Music would not be only a holiday but a workshop, a festival and a celebration.