Author Archives: reenainindia

welcome!

Welcome to reenainindia! I kept this blog during the 2011-2012 academic year, when I was on a Fulbright grant in India, studying Hindustani classical music. (I am a western-trained composer — for more information about my current work, you can … Continue reading

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thank you.

Today is my last day in India. Tomorrow morning, I will be back in the US. Of course, I feel a very deep sadness at having to leave India, but what I feel even more than that is a profound … Continue reading

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cooking with anita.

I truly cherish the time I spend with our maid, Anita. Our relationship is a unique one – it isn’t characteristically Indian, because my job isn’t to order her around and ‘keep her in line’ the way it might be … Continue reading

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universal language.

A few months ago, I was sitting with my teacher Gaurav, learning a raag called Basant. The raag was particularly tricky to my western ears and it took awhile for my voice to settle into it without going out of … Continue reading

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return.

I can’t believe it’s April already. I just sent in my request for a return ticket, and I will be back in the US on May 15th. Six weeks from today. I am sitting here, kind of dumbfounded, looking at … Continue reading

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happy birthday crystal!

One of my dearest friends in the world, Crystal Rivette, celebrated an important birthday this March! Though I was sad that I was too far away to celebrate with her in person, I decided it would be fun to celebrate … Continue reading

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roshna.

One of the things I’ve been enjoying so much about my time in India is having the opportunity to meet and work with such a large variety of incredible musicians. Many of my meetings have been the result of careful … Continue reading

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