The Week, October 2011
I recently released a collaborative project between folk singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer. A love for haunting melody lines, an attraction to compelling rhythms and a sense of deep spiritual grounding are the connecting threads in this new collaborative project.

All profits from the Everything Is Everywhere project will go to the Interfaith Hunger Initiative (IHI), an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization bringing together two dozen faith communities in the Indianapolis area who work together to end child and family hunger. IHI work to create a system of access to food through pantries in central Indiana and schools in foreign countries, feeding and supporting thousands of children and families.

I was back in Bucharest, Romania after sixteen years! I was invited by the Romanian Government in their annual music festival in memory of their legendary composer and conductor maestro George Enescu. The George Enescu Festival is the biggest classical music festival and classical international competition held in Romania and one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. Enescu's close associate George Georgescu organized the first festival in 1958 which included a performance of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins with Yehudi Menuhin and David Oistrakh as soloists. The festival now is held every two years This was the first time they included Indian music or world music in their festival roster. The Festival was in for twenty five days long. My humble salutations go out to the western world for the love and honour they have always given to Art and Artists.

On my very brief return to India, I got to know that my dear friend and the iconic cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan Patuadi was not keeping well and was in the ICU at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. My wife Subhalakshmi and I went to visit Tiger (as we all fondly called him) who was by then in a deteriorating state. We met his entire family who were beside him and were told that he had only a few hours. The same evening, the shocking news about his passing away was officially announced. I was able to attend Tiger’s cremation the next day at his family estate in Pataudi. The large number of crowds that gathered at the cremation made it rather hard to move things smoothly but by god’s grace, everything was performed as planned. It felt so ironic and strange that just a few months back on January 5, we were all at the same estate for Tiger’s seventieth Birthday celebrations. It felt as if time just stood still.

I have known Tiger and his graceful and elegant wife, Sharmila Tagore (fondly known as Rinku by friends) from the seventies. I recall so many evenings, meetings, moments that we all spent together which have always been so very special. Tiger was an extremely private person and led his life with dignity, grace and sheer magic. His was a charming personality who became a symbol of his craft and captured the imagination of cricket fans. Not many now that Tiger himself was a very fine flautist and had great interest in music. I remember both Tiger and Rinku attending many of my concerts in Mumbai and Delhi. I feel so happy and proud to see that Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s legacy is further carried forward by his talented children in such diverse mediums. I will miss him immensely and pray to almighty that his soul rests in peace.

-By Amjad Ali khan