- reaching out through music
It was a cold wintry evening in a
small German town called Bottrop.I had just concluded with a
Bhairavi thumri. The concert was a fund-raiser for the victims
of the Gujarat earthquake- it was a concert organized by the
Mayor himself, and the town hall was filled to capacity.
I was deeply moved by the care and concern of the people in
Bottrop, who were able to feel the pain and trauma of their
fellow human beings several thousand miles away.
A tall, fair-haired German came up to me and introduced
himself as Dr. Joachim-a physician and homeopath; “would you
be willing to be part of a similar fundraiser in my hometown
as well?”-he asked. I felt very happy and fortunate to be part
of such a venture and said so to him in as many words.
Thus it was that a few weeks later, we were in
Monchengladbach- an old town on the Dutch-German border.
The concert was to take place in an eleventh century
cathedral. I was stunned at the magnificent architecture.
Once inside, I gazed spellbound at the exquisite stained glass
windows, the graceful soaring arches, the faint smell of burnt
candles and polished wood. It was as if, Time had stood still.
The serenity of the place was incredible. On a different
plane, the acoustics of the cathedral were superb.
As I began my recital, I couldn’t help thinking, how
interesting this was;
The unfolding of a ‘raaga’-the manifestation of an ancient
culture, in a setting which stood for another tradition and
culture just as ancient.
This was so uniquely beautiful. I truly felt blessed that day
– my music steering me across a bridge spanning two great
cultural traditions- It was indeed a grateful moment of
communion with a Supreme Power, a wonderful experience and a
precious memory that I will cherish forever.