Both Freedom and Music or loosely, songs, exercise a considerable influence on lives of each one of us. Who can forget legendary Bob Marley songs of freedom? When one scratches somewhat more, it emerges that the thread of music passes through not just everyday lives but religious areas, business, political systems, technology and so on… Even if one looks back at the American Civil Rights movement, the role of songs and lyrics in shaping the struggle for liberty and rights is far greater.
An idea becomes more memorable and poignant when it carries a musical punch. The famous song of US Civil Rights, “We Shall Overcome” gradually touched the Irish borders but soon engulfed one and all in its unifying sweep. A feeling of togetherness is experienced when one chooses the medium of song and dance giving the reactionary sentiments an element of solidarity.
Even after Victor Jara was executed under the Pinochet regime in Chile, his music and songs of freedom similarly served a larger cause. It helped Latin Americans understand the value of human rights and social justice in daily existence. Likewise in other parts of the world, music and songs that represent freedom have always played the catalyst in uniting a body of people for any worthwhile cause. I am deliberately not including any mention of the Indian scene of independence.
Now a soft digression here. I just learnt that Amit Chaudhuri, a remarkable Indian writer, wrote a realist fiction titled ‘Freedom Song’ in 2000. It is praised as an elegant portrayal of modern Calcutta’s lyrical chaos and cosmos. Guess, we all became more tuned to the hidden music that resonates our logos and cosmos from times immemorial.