When the city's Indian community celebrates the Hindu festival Diwali this Saturday, Calcutta musician Nigel Mitra (above) will not be too sad to be away from home as he performs at the restaurant, Veda. He enjoys the chance to travel and partake in the festivities wherever they are held. While he's a Christian in a Hindu country, 'music transcends all barriers and religions', said Mitra, who is performing at the Central venue until Saturday night. 'I am Catholic. I even played for Pope John Paul II when he visited Calcutta in 1986. I was a young trumpeter then.' Now he's a keyboard player. First he was a classical pianist, but he now travels the region with a tabla accompanist and a synthesiser more suited to popular Indian tunes.