Kadri Gopalnath

In classical music, the young aspirant encounters many hurdles barring the way to fame and fortune. Talent and application to the art are by themselves not enough. It is vital for the aspirant and his or her guardian angels to enter and remain in the good books of organisers in order to procure concert opportunities amidst stiff competition ; acquire impressive concert techniques; muster friends and relatives to achieve decent audience turnout; develop a fan following without alienating purists or critics; secure press coverage by pleasing key persons; and in general maintain positive feedback loops that sustain the momentum of progress. Many a time, a good performer gets defeated by all the behind the-scenes activity.