Taking a break from all things PR, I wanted to share an instrumental piece that happened to play on shuffle on my phone today. I discovered it about a year and a half ago whilst watching a film called ‘Water‘ directed by Deepa Mehta. The film is about the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi in India and I recommend it for the beautiful cinematography and to explore a different culture. This particular piece of music is probably one of the most beautiful instrumental pieces I have ever heard. It conveys a sense of nostalgia, tranquility and a strange longing for something. After doing some research, I discovered the piece was composed by Mychael Danna. What I find so incredible is how Danna has produced music that is in touch with India. He just gets it right. That for me personifies the perfect composer. One who is able to understand and embrace another culture and create a piece of work that reflects that foreign culture perfectly. It’s not even surprising that he won the Academy Award for best background score for the Life of Pi. The man was made for it. I suppose it does help that Danna has an Indian wife! (Thank you Wikipedia). Ahem.