Hindustani music doesn't appeal to a large audience. At least not where I come from. I've been raised by a family of businessmen. Naturally I didn't have an inclination towards any form of music. Or any form of art for that matter.
Let's face it. I didn't understand it. I still don't. But having married Pandit Dinkar Kaikini's grand daughter, I automatically got exposed to music and art a great deal more. I recently heard a video on youtube of Pandit Dinkar singing. You know how sometimes you hear a voice and forget about everything else around you? Your mind blanks out and it seems for that moment you have no worries. You truly start appreciating the beauty of it. You feel a weird connection. And you're at peace.
Pandit Dinkar Kaikini passed away last week. Even though I hardly knew him, I miss him already. He was a great singer but more importantly a kind man.
I only pray that Ammama, Rajesh, Aditi, Yogi, Reva and Niyu have the strength to deal with what I'd call the biggest loss for them so far.