“I don’t know how long that’s going to last. But I can’t escape it; this is what I am. And I’m going to be with this forever.”
That is jazz pianist Vijay Iyer in today’s New York Times article, India Resounding New York.
Time Out New York, Newsweek and now this about South Asians coming into their own in careers other than medicine, law or computer science. Refreshing, to say the least. These new vocations – in the Arts – are not easy choices to make and they certainly aren’t by far the safest ones, considering the state of the economy and the fickle nature of the art world. Yet, it had to happen. While the article speaks of only South Asian music, I suspect other genres of art will also see a resurgence. Only a matter of time when we see sculptors, dancers, photographers making their way into the spotlight, if only for 15 minutes.
Speaking of desi culture pervading the Western landscape, my wife and I have tickets for Bombay Dreams. I’ll be sure to post my thoughts here on that spectacle.
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