H is love for Bhairavi and pentatonic ragas is becoming deeper. America’s leading Saxophone artiste, arranger and composer George Brooks’s journey into the Indian music scene has compelled our ‘thinking’ musicians to push boundaries. This week, the legend is flying in for a concert with violists Ganesh and Kumaresh, and Ustad Shujaat Khan. With violins for “sound”, and sitar for the harmonies and the use of scales, this concert will be a milestone. Each time Brooks performs in India, he makes sitar artistes, violinists and vocalists work extra hard to explore “sound.” Brooks’s child-like enthusiasm makes his performances very special. He says, “Getting ready to hit the road. Pray for my body and my instruments on that long journey to Mother India.” Prayers for his instruments? Yes. He is one of the many artistes who fear damage to instruments during air travel.