Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Ravi Shankar Concert

J was at a Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar concert with me and a friend tonight. She sat through most of it mesmerized, falling asleep only in the end. My friend who knows close to nothing about Indian classical music said at the end of the performance "After Ravi Shankar had played for a while, I seemed to have forgotten where I was, what time it was, what I was doing. It felt like I had been transported to some magical place" When music is truly divine it does not take a connoisseur to enjoy or appreciate it. This will be an evening to remember. It occured to me that despite little hiccups of our daily life J is a lucky little girl to have had such a special Diwali.

Another friend asked me how I, as a lay person, thought Anoushka compared with he father. I felt "Rajasik" is to Anoushka is as "Saatvik" is to Ravi Shankar. If her music is baroque his is not at all. There is a whole world of difference.

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