The spirit of music, not to mention its sound, is everywhere. And on a different note, millions of the ‘blues’ billion will be singing a different, shall we say, spiritual tune shortly. In a novel twist to reality television, a religious channel is planning to show the nation that music is really the mirror of the soul. We will soon have a religious idol, a wholly new take on the other more corporeal Indian Idol.
The idea apparently is to launch a “national talent hunt across colleges, cities and states”. The chosen ones will be judged on “their enthusiasm, conviction in their beliefs, and of course, their devotion.” Now the faithful may flock to the new age version of Rama rock, but then we are used to jiving godmen and singing swamis. It doesn’t take much imagination to conjure up the kind of frenetic passion that this show will unleash. If Indian Idol managed to divide followers on regional lines, it won’t be long before we have believers plugging for one candidate or the other as being a Godsend to the world of music.
Can we leave the judging of the religious idol show to the worldy wise, or will we require more saintly qualities in them? Let’s hope we don’t end up with a case of bhajan in the breach. In the end, the Total Religious Points will decide who gets the piety prize. On which note, amen.