Why this concert?
I am pained at this gruesome violence over religion.
A new role as a peace ambassador?
I do not want to use that word. That sounds more like a politician. I am just trying to send across a message that this mindless violence should stop.
But why not perform in Gujarat?
Or for that matter, right outside the space where once the twin towers (WTC) were located? No, I cannot do that.
But how many are aware of such a concert?
People are aware. They're concerned. Those who are concerned are out there in the middle of the riots trying to save lives. My concert is a tribute to them.
Isn't this a case in isolation?
Maybe. But someone needs to start a process.
Are all musicians with you?
Can music restore peace?
It's perhaps the only thing that binds all religions. If you submit to music, you cannot fight.
Your plans of starting a select group of musicians?
That's still my dream.
Your third Grammy. Doesn't that excite...