His concert was to begin at 6.30pm on Sunday, but the Asiatic Library steps, across which the stage was set up, were crowded from top to bottom an hour before the show.
This largely young audience was waiting eagerly for Prem Joshua, the German sensation in fusion music based on the Hindustani classical tradition.
Joshua and his band, the Prem Joshua and Band, performed on the second day of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival a year after their previous public performance in Mumbai at the Bandra Festival.
Joshua, who first heard Hindustani classical music when he travelled to India as a teenager, finds it difficult to express what drove him to leave home at the age of 18, live and study traditional music across India and West Asia, and adapt it into his own kind of fusion.
“A musician goes where his heart and passions lie, and this has been my path,” said Joshua, who now plays the sitar and bansuri among other instruments and has released more than 14 albums.
“I have been in love with India and its culture ever since I came here more than 30 years ago,” said Joshua, who claims his biggest musical influences have been the sounds of birds such as the nightingale and the cuckoo.
“I’m here because he is the Prem Joshua,” said Fay Barretto, 22, a student present at the concert.
“I love the way his music has evolved from acoustics to Indian fusion.”