Rain is beating down on the glass ceiling of King’s Cross’ Westside Canopy. Hard. After a week of stifling heat, the cool respite is most welcome. While the rain roars, a large group of people sit spellbound by the sounds of a sarod weaving amidst those of the tabla, keys and violin. Passers by spill out from the shadows to see what’s going on. All are welcome.

Soumik Datta and his band have guests entranced. Listeners are gently swaying to the music and others look as if they’ve perhaps been transported to a faraway place in their mind. Whatever it is, the music brings much happiness and a sense of togetherness in the moment despite the somberness of the evening.