As we get into the swing of things maybe we have reached a tipping point. As everyone finds their place within the simple structures of the music sessions they begin to assert themselves and test the space. The tension between individual and group comes to the foreground, or are we just becoming more aware of it? The wish to modify behaviour by reward is the first stop - can we resist it and stay with the process allowing everyone to have a voice, are we strong enough?
Another holiday is sprung upon us. It seems the local holidays can be changed or decided upon according to need almost at the last moment. Somesh explains that the local governing bodies are more flexible with holidays taking account of the weather conditions and needs of the various religions. There is method...
At Patashala, where communication is more of a challenge there was a wonderful moment of collective spontaneous decisiveness by the teachers. When we asked the them if they would like to see the video, discuss issues they had been facing within sessions, or do musical exercises there was a sudden clear group choice to do the musical exercises. We were encouraged by their enthusiasm and assertiveness. As we go through a music activity and play with “following and leading” it becomes clear that using music is by far the best form of communication.
Who is teaching who we wonder ?
Later Somesh quoted Einstein “Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.”
The various Ganesh processions have taken place in the streets accompanied by drumming and dancing well into the night. However as not all the power cables were cleared or raised the power went down for several hours, which of course just added to the festival atmosphere and chaos.
Alastair & Somesh