1985 – eL-Horto: Acid Hindusthān (fragment)
His Highness Mádhaw Rao Scindia, Mahárája of Gwálior, during his first journey to the Western World, on 22nd October, 1883, on the solicitation of his high-born friends, went to the Metropolitan Opera House to see the first performance of Gounod’s Faust. The mahárája was a well-known classical vocalist, connoisseur of music and patronizer in his homeland.
There used to have lived in his court, in Gwálior, a lot of legends, among others Ustád Háfiz Ali Khán. In his box, the potentate was sitting through the first act of Gounod’s opera wooden-faced, then during the intermission the white friends, knowing the mahárája’s extraordinary love for music, began to ask spiritedly the potentate about his first impressions about the western music. „Well, well” answered the rája, the very beginning exerted irresistible influence on him, the many musicians, the many unfamiliar instruments, the tones and the volume, but later there was a man, who came in and began to flourish a stick, and from that very moment – though he was very sorry to say – the whole performance was becoming unenjoyable for him