What does Indian classical music have to do with Big Data?

2016 promises to be a great year for Indian music in Houston. At this moment you might be wondering if you are really reading the technical blog you came to. Rest assured, you are.

It all started when I came to the concert of Zakir Hussain jazz fusion. Zakir was very informal, waving with his hand to the audience from behind the announcer. In the front row I saw the man I knew. Two years ago, my startup got a Goradia prize, and now this was Mr. Goradia himself. I used my chance to again express my thanks, this time in person, and shared my admiration for Indian classical music.

I also mentioned that I never missed any of the Indian-American Association (IAA) concerts, and that in particular I remember the Ravi Shankar concert from a long time ago, then Shahid Parvez, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Pandit Jasraj. Well, this resulted in me being invited to the IAA board, as a fifteenth, and the first non-Indian, member.

Needless to say I felt inadequate (since I do not have the language, cultural, and other references) but I was assured that this is exactly what the board needs – a fan who lacks these. Now I am looking forward to a productive year of planning and promoting Indian music in Houston. The Houston Chronicle has just profiled the IAA, under the title “For Indo-American Association in 2016, all the world’s a stage.”

Not sure how this connects to Big Data, but maybe our Elephant Scale logo did have something to do with it.

Mark Kerzner
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Mark Kerzner

Mark Kerzner is the co-founder of Elephantscale. He is a Trainer, Author(AI, Machine Learning, Spark, Hadoop, NoSQL, Blockchain)


  1. I believe you will be a wonderful addition to the IAA Board, Mark. It is a matter of time before you see how your skills as a Big Data expert will more than compensate for what you consider you lack in the areas of language and culture, Big Data analytics have no cultural or language boundaries. Non-profits like IAA can definitely use individuals with your expertise to climb that steep mountain of reaching newer, younger, multicultural and multi-dimensional audiences. Good luck with merging your two worlds – and with making the love for Indian classical music even bigger in Houston!

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