But the ragas he has performed many thousands of times retain, for him, all their richness and intimidating mystery.
“Every time I play, I am worried,” he says. “It’s not just a scale and a skeleton, mastering the discipline of ascending and descending the scale. My father often said, a raga is an entity, it has a soul. Every time, it’s a new discovery.”
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