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So, you just rode the Red Bull Tour Bus. Do your best ideas come in the stu­dio or do you like to ven­ture out of the city to be in­spired?

It is not fea­si­ble ev­ery time to go out. When I do, I go to Goa mostly. It’s the most chilled-out place in In­dia. It’s like get­ting away from all the mad­ness. You need si­lence and space in your life.

One in­stru­ment you miss the most in Hindi mu­sic.

The horn sec­tion. There aren’t many peo­ple, in Bom­bay at least, who do it. It’s kind of van­ish­ing but I love it.

If you could go back in time, which mu­si­cal decade would you choose?

The 1970s was the best ever. I don’t think it can be recre­ated, not in my life span at least. The best work hap­pened then across the globe. I don’t know if it was some­thing in the air or wa­ter. It was mag­i­cal.

Do you get time to see live per­for­mances?

One day I will just tell Bol­ly­wood good­bye for six months. I have to take a sab­bat­i­cal. I need to travel, un­der­stand more and get clued in with what’s hap­pen­ing around the world in mu­sic. Yes, YouTube does open up your world but it’s not the same as per­son­ally go­ing and see­ing.

What’s the best con­cert you have at­tended?

Shakti. I have seen them per­form many times when the late U. Srini­vas [man­dolin player] was there.

—with Suhani Singh

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