From Dimapur, which is the only flat district of Nagaland's seven districts, we started our journey up the mountains. Hills, gorges, waterfalls, a winding river to escort us, rain mist - all in one good winding stomach-churning ride up the hills. Nature in its bounty!
To my question how was his visit, Dr Balamurali replied: "Oh, I celebrated my birthday there." And, he casually added: "They have named an auditorium after me. It is called Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna Auditorium. So, I spent a week attending the festival in the auditorium."
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.