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This incident made a
very lasting impression upon my mind.
This was told to me by my friend
and class-mate, Christopher in the Medical College.
Both of us were in the college
orchestra. He played the violin and I played the Melodica-Soprano.
This incident has always remained
in the depth of my heart and has always inspired me to go along in
This is about the great Violin
Maestro, Niccolo Paganini. He lived during the 19th century and was known
as the 'King of Violinists' and the 'Violinist for Kings'. He was
a child prodigy who made his debute when he was nine years old. Paganini
took the technique of playing the violin beyond the existing limits of
During one concert, Paganini
was building up his performance to its climax when one of the strings snapped.
The audience were flabbergasted. This was the end of such a beautiful
musical experience, surely.
But Paganini did not do as
T.K.Bagavathi does in "SampuurNa Ramayannam'.
Paganini just continued to
play on with the remaining strings.
But Paganini was playing so
fast and was doing his 'swara sanchaarams' with such rapidity that another
string also broke. So were the hearts of the audience.
But Paganini played on and
But just before the final bar,
the third string also snapped.
Paganini still continued on
and finished the concert.
The audience were spell-bound.
Paganini spread out his arms,
with the violin in one hand and the bow in the other, and before he took
a bow, he said those immortal words,
'One string....and Paganini'.
One can still play with one
string, but he has to be a Paganini.