Shailendra Mishra is very particular about respect and regard for music.
He disapproves of people eating and drinking while a musical performance is going on, which is becoming quite prevalent these days.
The only way of learning music in the true sense, according to Shailendra is through GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA. Music is not an art that can be learnt through books. The SANIDHYA (Company) of the GURU (Teacher) is very essential.
You require able guidance, years of practice and a whole-hearted devotion to excel in the field of music. It is imperative that a Shishya or student understands, respects and believes in his guru or teacher completely.
In today's fast and evolutionary world, where people have become too busy and hasty, a true guru's importance is as imperative as it was in the olden times.
Music needs to be considered as a respectable and noble profession. Most people still find it difficult to consider music as a profession.
Even today when parents want their children to learn Music, it is more of an extra curricular activity. It is allowed as long as the child takes it as a hobby. We need to give Music its proper place as a serious art and a serious profession. In our country there are very few Schools/Universities that have Music as a subject,not just as an extra-curricular activity. It is our prerogative to spread our rich culture throughout the world. We need to respect it ourselves first, before we can expect others to do so. We have to spread the awareness that music is not just a means of entertainment, it has a divine and spiritual aspect as well.
Music helps in developing a sound personality. The youngsters who consider Pop-Music as 'hip' and Classical Music as 'boring', need to be exposed to the richness of Classical Music. Unless we educate the youngsters, our rich cultural heritage of music will die out and lose existance in the times to come.
ORIENTATION IN THE FIELD OF INDIAN CLASICAL MUSIC AMONG YOUNGSTERS IS THE NEED OF TIME.