I saw this post about an Indian father living in a western country playing Indian classical music on car stereo every evening as he drives home from the day care with his young son. Father claims he himself hates classical music and never enjoyed it even in his childhood and so does the child who cries every evening and begs the father to change the channel. I assume this torture session is to make the child be a ‘proper’ Indian.
I grew up in Kerala and although I am an unusual species and my music interests are Reggae and techno, I can assure you no one I knew listened to classical music every day. We did have classical music competitions at school and very few students participated. Lalitha ganam had lots more participant, clearly film songs were popular even in those days. ( Even yours truly participated every year, singing the same song onnanam kunnil mel koodu koottum thatthamme)
Music is a personal choice. Music soothes your soul and you don’t have to force someone to listen to a particular genre of music for fear of them turning out to be bad..
I strongly believe children have their own free spirit and as a parent, we should let them enjoy their journey to whatever music that takes their fancy. If you walk near my house on a Sunday morning and if all of my kids are home, you will hear three different types of music being played.. and for me that is perfectly fine..
The questions is, would your child be any less Indian if he likes Stromae? ( My current favourite singer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromae)
Why are we so obsessed with enriching our children with Indianess? ( there is no such word.. I know)