CHENNAI: If you are a music lover, H N Baskar needs no introduction. This sought after violinist debuted when he was eight years old and has given several solo performances. He also accompanied leading vocalists in major concerts. Baskar shares his take on god, spirituality and music...
Have you always believed in god and would you call yourself a firm believer?
I always believed in god. But I wouldn’t call myself a firm believer. I am a person who believes in the idea of god.
How do you understand spirituality?
Music helps me understand spirituality better.
How did you become spiritual?
My family played an important role in making me spiritual. I remember how my grandfather used to chant Omkaram in the morning and it gave me some kind of positive vibrations. But as a child I had always thought that spirituality means going to temples.
How do you perceive it now?
With life experiences, I have understood that spirituality is valuing one’s own and others’ lives. Spirituality is going deeper into what you love doing and worshiping it; having belief in it and fearing it in a good way that makes you understand it better. Spirituality is realising mistakes and working harder to overcome weakness.
Do you believe in miracles?
Yes, I definitely do!
Pilgrimage sites that you have visited?
For me playing violin in temples is divine. Likewise, performing in some churches in Europe has been a serene and unique experience.
What does god and spirituality mean to you?
Some force that keeps me going. Inside me, I directly relate music to god and vice versa.
What one should do to experience spirituality?
He/she should get rid of jealousy, learn from others.
What would you like to tell non-believers?
Treat what you love to do as god. Yield yourself to it and fear losing it if you don’t do justice.
Few words for people who believe?
Do not do injustice in the name of God.