…and you thought my name was a mouthful. Even with the help of my Indian friends, my Russian tongue could not produce anything even remotely resembling the proper pronunciation of her name.
Being a long time fan of Indian music (not the Bollywood pop songs, but the traditional classical ragas, which date back thousands of years), I could not miss the concert of a sitar virtuoso Kakali Bandyopadhyay. This was one of the best concerts I attended last year. Listening to Indian raga is like experiencing a deep immersion into your inner self, where one can find countless colorful streams and undercurrents. All you need is let it go and flow with one of them. I'm not smart enough to understand all the complexity and nuances of this extraordinary music, but my love for jazz helps a lot in connecting with the rich improvisational nature of ragas.