Cover Photo: Photo collage of Lakshmi Shankar and Ella Fitzerald
Photographs by William P. Gottlieb/Library of Congress

Ellaji and Lakshmiji

If Lakshmiji’s voice was silk, then Ellaji’s was satin.

Heaven, I’m in heaven,

And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak,

And I seem to find the happiness I seek,

When we’re out together dancing, cheek to cheek.


Kavita Das writes about culture, race, gender, and their intersections. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Kavita’s work has been published in CNN, Teen Vogue, Romper, Catapult, Fast Company, Tin House, Longreads, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, Kenyon Review, NBC News Asian America, Guernica, Quartz, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Kavita’s upcoming book, Craft and Conscience: How to Write About Social Issues will be released October 2022 (Beacon Press). Her first book, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar (Harper Collins India) was published in June 2019. Find her on Twitter: @kavitamix