Whenever I am deeply troubled and in need of a solution I think of God.
For as long as two weeks I was searching for a moment of clarity to eliminate my insecurities and dilemma’s.
But before I continue with my story, I have to recap…Three weeks ago I was sitting at home, thinking about the concert that I’m organizing on the 23 rd. of February with Shammi Pithia. I was thinking about the concept of this concert. And a few questions arose.
What do I want to achieve with it? What is my message that I want to convey with the visitors? And how do I connect listeners of Indian classical music with the magical melodies and freshness of crossover music?
And the first person I thought of was Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the God of Bansuri (Indian flute instrument). He has this phenomenal music career; he is respected worldwide for his musical achievements and is one of the 25 living legends of India.
I thought about the conversation that I had with him two years ago. During our interview he surprised me with his devotion for music, the appreciation that he has for upcoming talents and his humbleness towards his own music ability and talent. His warm hearted smile was frozen in my mind and I said to myself let’s give it a try, why not invite the God of Bansuri to attend Shammi’s concert.
While typing my email I had no expectations, I just wanted to write to him, explaining to him the concept of the concert and nine days later I received a very kind reply back, that he has no other commitments and that he would love to come and join the concert as our special guest. This was the best news that I could get and my heart was overjoyed! Unbelievable that he said yes…..
From then on I was trying to figure out how I’m going to manage the expenses. For twelve days I troubled myself to find a solution, but on the 30th of December in a split second the omnipresent took away all my doubts by asking me a simple question; what is the worst thing that I can think of that will happen which will cause damage to this concert? The lose of money….I would still be alive to earn some more right to pay off possible debts.…..
So I decided to bring Pandit Chaurasia over with my own savings. The worst thing that could happen is that I had to deduct extra money from my own pocket to cover the expenses of this concert. It is not worth it to miss out blessings from the man who is the God of bansuri. With his presence he will make a statement that there is no need to think in strict boxes. Music is music, be it classical or crossover. And they can go hand in hand together, depending on the knowledge, love and dedication of an artist, which Shammi has in abundance.