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This chapter of Class IX Prose, covering NCERT syllabus, depicts the story of Evelyn Glennie and Bismillah Khan. Both are inspiring musicians who have motivated many people.

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The Sound of Music

  1. 1. The Sound of Music A PowerPoint presentation by: Mrinal Ghosh PGT English, Directorate of Secondary Education, Govt. Of Tripura (India) Class IX PROSEDeborah Cowley’s
  2. 2. The Sound of Music • This part of the story is about a Scottish girl, named Evelyn. She was very fond of music. She lost her hearing power at a young age. • It was first noticed when she was eight years old. By eleven years, she was completely deaf, due to nerve damage. Part-1 Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  3. 3. The Sound of Music • Evelyn Glennie didn’t give up hope and never looked back. She was determined to lead a normal life and pursue her interest in music. Once she saw a girl playing xylophone and decided to play it. Most of the teachers discouraged her but percussionist Ron Forbes encouraged her. • He made her learn music, by making her feel different notes in her body. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  4. 4. The Sound of Music Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  5. 5. The Sound of Music • The rest was sheer determination and hard work. She travelled the United Kingdom with a youth orchestra and by the time she was sixteen. • She had decided to make music her life. • She auditioned for the Royal Academy of music and scored one of the highest marks in the history of academy. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  6. 6. The Sound of Music • She gradually left orchestral work and started giving solo performances. At the end of her three years’ course, she had received most of the top awards. • She explains that music flows through every part of her body. It tingles in the skin, her cheekbones and even in her hair. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  7. 7. The Sound of Music • When she plays the xylophone, she can sense the sound passing up the stick into her fingertips. By leaning against the drums, she can feel the resonances (sounds) flowing into her body. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  8. 8. The Sound of Music • On a wooded platform, she removes her shoes so that the vibration pass through her bare feet and up her legs. • Evelyn is a perfect example that disability can not stop a person to achieve if she is determined and works hard towards it. She earned many awards. She had given enormous pleasure to millions. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  9. 9. The Shehnai of Bismillah Khan • A musical instrument called ‘Pungi’ was banned by Emperor Aurangzeb for its shrill unpleasant sound. • It was perfected by a barber who belonged to a family of professional musicians. Part-2 Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  10. 10. The Sound of Music • He played it in the chamber of the king. Its sound was appreciated by the emperor. • Since it was born in Shah’s chamber and perfected by a Nai, it was named ‘Shehnai’. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  11. 11. The Sound of Music • In the beginning, it was played in the temples before the images of Gods & Goddesses. It was played on every auspicious occasions too. Gradually, it became popular. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  12. 12. The Sound of Music • Ustad Bismillah Khan belonged to the Benaras Gharana. He was born in 1916 at Dumraon in Bihar. As a five year old boy, he would play gilli-danda near a pond. He used to visit Bihariji temple and sing Bhojpuri Chaita there. • He would earn a big Laddu from a local Maharaja as a prize. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  13. 13. The Sound of Music • At the age of six, he moved to Benaras. His uncle, Ali Bux introduced him to the nuances of playing Shehnai. He was deeply devoted to music. He used to spend most of his time practising on the bank of the river Ganga. The themes of his music are deeply affected by the flowing water of the Ganga. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  14. 14. The Sound of Music • He got the best performer award at the All India music Conference in Allahabad in 1930. In 1937, he bagged 3 medals at a music conference in Calcutta. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  15. 15. The Sound of Music • He was invited by Pandit Nehru to play the Shehnai from the ramparts of Delhi’s Red Fort in 1947. • He won many international awards as well. • He loved Benaras and Dumraon. He declined an offer from one of his students to settle in the United States. • He ventured in films too. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
  16. 16. The Sound of Music • He gave his music in two movies. • But the artificial world of Cinema could not attract him. • For him, music is God. Music is his soul. Prepared by: Mrinal Ghosh, PGT English
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This chapter of Class IX Prose, covering NCERT syllabus, depicts the story of Evelyn Glennie and Bismillah Khan. Both are inspiring musicians who have motivated many people.

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