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Keen to connect with India again, says musician Carlos Santana

posted 27 Oct 2012, 11:58 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 27 Oct 2012, 11:59 ]

Visiting legendary guitarist, a 10-time Grammy winner, Carlos Santana talks about his connection with India and his mission to promote global peace through music.

NEW DELHIINDIA (OCTOBER 27, 2012) (ANI) -  One of the world's famous guitarists, a 10-time Grammy Award winner, Carlos Santana shared his romance with India and its diverse culture.

The guitar god who is in New Delhi ahead of his weekend gig at the F1 Indian Grand Prix spoke about his connection with India during a lively press meet hosted on Saturday (October 27).

"We believe that we can utilise music to really heal this planet specially people's consciousness. To come to India is to connect with something that I learnt about spiritual principles," said Santana.

"We come here to reconnect with your heart and remind you of something that we learnt from you," he added.

Santana stated that he was inspired by the principles of India's iconic freedom fighterMahatma Gandhi and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa.

The 65-year-old guitarist spoke of how he plans to help heal the world through his passion for music.

"Music is beautiful, it is wonderful to dance, it is wonderful to go into a euphoric trance but it is also for us to in a very beautiful way take responsibility for this wonderful world and all the people in it," said Santana.

Comfortably dressed in a brightly coloured white shirt and trouser the legendary guitarist was also accompanied by his drummer-wife Cindy Blackwood.

The guitarist who has inspired musicians worldwide said that he was open to collaborate with Indian musicians, while highlighting the need for music to compliment and blend for such endeavours.

"Really what is needed is for you to have an open mind, a heart that is ready to compliment because that is what you must do, not compete or compare. Music is not the Olympics; it is not World Cup football. Music is harmony in unity and complimenting," said Santana.

Along with his wife Cindy he also fondly spoke of their fascination with Indian cuisine and spices that have had them hooked, since their arrival to the country.

A visibly amazed Santana who earlier in the day gorged on traditional breakfast of 'Dosai' the south Indian delicacy, Dal (pulses), 'aaloo gobhi'- a spicy dish made of potato and cauliflowers cooked in northern India.

He also admitted about his liking for the new mango flavoured 'Lassi' a cold yogurt drink and in a nutshell, expressed candidly his love for the country's food.

"Christopher Columbus wanted to come to India for spices and colours, the parade of flavours for your tongue is incredible in here. I think that is beautiful there should be TV channel that only shows how to cook Indian food," said Santana.

Santana had on Friday (October 26) enthralled music lovers with his performance atBangalore in southern India's Karnataka state.

He has sold more than 100 million records.

He was conferred with the Billboard Latin Music Awards 2009 Lifetime Award and the Billboard's Century Award and has been described as among the '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time'