Men åh, एअर इंडिया

Air India har sönder Amjad Alis sarod, rapporterar Times of India:

For the last 25 years, this instrument has been ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s constant companion. It has travelled with him far and wide, earning applause for the maestro and laurels for the country. On Thursday, however, the jugalbandi between the ustad and his beloved sarod ended somewhat abruptly. The instrument came out of the belly of an Air India flight — cracked and broken and perhaps unplayable for ever …

The polite-to-a-fault musician does not intend to sue or ask for compensation from the airline. “Had it been any other international airline, I would have sued it. But the damage has been done by our national carrier and I want to appeal to the officials to at least learn to take care of musicians like us,’’ he said.

The irreparable damage to the instrument comes less than a fortnight after another great loss. The person who would repair the sarod, Hemendra Chandra Sen, passed away in Kolkata a few days back.