Delhi School of Music!
A lot of efforts like locating the phone numbers and then getting the addresses, nearly two week-end days spent in locating the address itself etc. forms the trivial information.
But when located the building No 8, Nyaya Marg, Chankyapuri, Delhi and I entered, it’s a dream like feeling.
The serene and calm atmosphere of its location, in Chanakyapuri, the sounds emanating from various class rooms in the form of piano, guitar etc, I was totally taken to a different world.
After waiting in the lounge and seeing various notice board information etc, I could gather some ideas about the school.
Its basically an elite school for the elite, particularly, cater to the foreigners/diplomats living in the Chankyapuri area of Delhi and the real Classical music lovers of Delhi society.
Visiting scholars/dignitaries and experts of WCM often found the Delhi School of Music as the basic cultural link in India.
Now, I was totally become conscious and fall into inferiority complex with questions like can I enter this school and can I have any qualifications to enter this premises?
The only answer, I was having at that time was : if I can understand IR and his music, certainly I can learn all these ! If IR with his background from village etc can do some wonders like that on WCM, can I not even learn and understand atleast what WCM is ?
I must do that come what may be !
I met the Secretary of the school and talked about admission details. With a skeptical look she asked me to wait and see the Director of the school.
After few hours waiting I could see the Director, Mr Palamkote, an old gentleman and backbone of that school.
Having understood my request for admission, he was polite and blunt in answering, saying that basically they take children of small ages for entry level classes!
I was totally flattened and my entire ego and self respect came down crumbling! How much I have lost already!
He felt, and of course right also, that, it will be difficult for an adult to start a course and also, working class people certainly will not give importance and only will result in drop outs.
After much persuasion and assuring him about my determinations to study WCM and efforts to find this school etc, he told about the fee structures etc.
However put a basic condition that I must find a piano first for outside class practicing! Only after that I shall approach him again for the admission matter!
Because, with fabulous Rs 250 plus / class kind of fees, with only two to three hours in a week, it is the duty of the student to practice themselves and come prepared for the class, otherwise, the whole exercise will be wasteful! That also true!
Now where to find a piano? Already knew about the expensive piano rates, who will have such piano and who will even hire that and how much it will cost me and can I afford to that alongwith those fabulous school fees?
With utter dejection I came out of the school!