[Yesterday, May 15, I delivered the Commencement address for the 2021 class of graduates at Claremont McKenna College. Interspersed with my remarks were violin performances, in a kind of musical kintsugi.]

***(Amazing Grace)***

It is indeed amazing grace to be with you all today.

In the 15th century, a shogun — a lord of the samurai — broke his favorite porcelain tea bowl.

He sent it back to China to be repaired — but as was the custom at the time, it was returned to him remade with metal staples. Perfectly usable, but ugly.

The shogun was unsatisfied, so he…

Vijay Gupta

I’m a violinist and speaker living in LA, and I direct Street Symphony, which engages communities affected by homelessness and incarceration through music.

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