Suanshu Khurana

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Nineties, Unplugged!
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The nineties was the decade of the Indipop artiste that ended with the arrival of the internet and a resurgence of Bollywood music. So, where are its singing stars now? Here is a look at some of the popular artistes from that generation.

Soul Strings: U Rajesh on the legacy of playing an Italian lute in the Carnatic classical system
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Mandolin player U Rajesh on his illustrious brother, Mandolin Srinivas, and the legacy of playing an Italian lute in the Carnatic classical system.

Songs of Freedom
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

We list a few patriotic songs that have lived on and still manage to stir a sense of pride

The song that’s India: Revisiting Desh Raag
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Desh Raag attempted to deliver a message of unity in diversity in pre-liberalised India.

When Edgy Met the Ordinary
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Nooran sisters give Jee ve sohneya an off key beginning post a guitar prelude and an alaap but pick it up later. This ‘sufi track’ of the album is nice, but doesn’t give us any hair-raising moment.

Notes From Across the Border
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Pakistani musician Zebunissa Bangash, of the popular duo Zeb and Haniya, on composing tunes for Lipstick Under My Burkha, weaving her Pashtun heritage into the compositions, and how art builds bridges

Rain Down on Me: If you bring Miyan Malhar into your life, monsoon is all yours
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

As the folklore went, the raga Miyan Malhar was known to light oil lamps when sung accurately. Tansen attempted the raga so fervently that the lamps got lit, but soon, the heat began to burn his body and he fell ill.

‘At the heart of this story is a unique friendship’
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Author Shrabani Basu, whose book is the subject of director Stephen Frears’ upcoming Judi Dench and Ali Fazal starrer, on finding a different side to Queen Victoria and how the story is also a tale of the current political times.

Concert to bring echo of Darjeeling to capital
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The loss of innocent lives in the beautiful hills of North Bengal — the place I grew up and understood music — is unnerving and painful,” says Chhetri, referring to the Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling and other areas.

Victoria and Abdul actor Ali Fazal: It’s horrible when actors say they are apolitical
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Ali Fazal who was seen in films like 3 Idiots, Bobby Jasoos, and Happy Bhaag Jayegi, will be sharing the screen for the first time, with Oscar award winning actor Judi Dench in his upcoming Hollywood film, Victoria and Abdul. A film based on the Queen's affair with a servant.

The Ballads and Blues
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky follows the silk route for his musical travelogue, Guns and Guitars, which documents two things in the warp and weft of the Northeast — violence and music.

The Great Divide
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

For her representation of the complex story in terms of music, Chaddha has roped in Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman. Gurinder Chaddha has a knack for tunes that work.

Untested Waters
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The lyrics and composition are traditional and can’t be credited to A R Rahman but he alters the arrangements and makes the overall sound more modern and suited to a fine background store.

For the Record: Filmmaker Jaideep Varma’s documentary ‘City Haze’ is based on a Mumbai music band
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

After his award-winning documentary on the popular band Indian Ocean, filmmaker Jaideep Varma pans his camera towards the unpopular — City Haze, a Mumbai band, which is struggling to find an audience despite a fresh, original take on life

Exchanging Notes
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Chennai-based Madras Youth Choir’s tunes will resonate in Washington for JF Kennedy’s centenary celebrations.

Off Course Tubelight
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

The first song of Tubelight released in the list was Radio; one of the more catchy pieces in the album. Radio is an ode to well, the radio when it was still a bulky box and a generation gathered around it.

‘I was born a popstar’
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Neha Bhasin, who has won numerous awards in the best playback category this year, on turning age-old Punjabi songs on their head, and reclaiming fame on her own terms

Snapshots: Yesterday, Once More
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

The notes of Khamaj, the raga used most in semi-classical musical forms, had resonated in the Abbey Road Studios in 1966, when George Harrison recorded Within you, without you, the famed Beatles’ piece that showcased Harrison’s understanding of the Vedas and his affection for Hindustani classical music. He used sitar, dilruba and tabla to present […]

Music Review: One and the Same
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

First it received a legal notice from the makers of 2009 Telugu film Magadheera alleging plagiarism, almost three weeks ago, the film’s composer, Pritam, requested that the producers remove his name from the film credits.

‘A filmmaker’s politics shows in the film’
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Payal Kapadia, whose film Afternoon Clouds made it to the 70th Festival de Cannes, on being the only Indian filmmaker in the competition category, showcasing the vulnerability of life, and how art and politics can never be separated.

Kishori Amonkar’s music, her dying, her Bhairavi, took us to the depths of our soul
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Two months after she passed away, I play her Baabul mora thumri on loop

Music and Silence: Hindustani classical meets its Western counterpart in Pandit Ravi Shankar’s swan song Sukanya
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Sukanya, Pandit Ravi Shankar’s swan song and his only opera premiered in the UK last month.

In the Melodic Lane
Tue, May 30, 2017

At a time when English pop has become far more interesting, "I’m a sunshine girl” song doesn’t come across as a positive reminder of the ’90s — both in terms of lyrics and voice.

Shape Shifter
Wed, May 17, 2017

Even before British popstar Ed Sheeran arrives in India, his global smash Shape of You, has many singing and dancing their desi versions

Read My Lips
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Justin Bieber came in for much criticism for lip-synching through most of his Mumbai concert. He isn’t the first and won’t be the last.

Meet Arjun Jain, the man who has brought Justin Bieber to India
Wed, May 10, 2017

Arjun Jain, the man behind Justin Bieber’s much-hyped India concert, on bringing a contemporary international artiste to the country and the hurdles in organising a large-scale gig.

Ustad Rais Khan (1939-2017): The Man Who Made the Sitar Sing
Tue, May 09, 2017

Sitar maestro Ustad Rais Khan, best-known for his iconic sitar playing in Madan Mohan’s melodies, passes away.

Month after she passed away, Kishori Amonkar’s ragas heard once more
Sat, May 06, 2017

On Friday evening, the pentatonic raga was heard yet again, this time rendered by an emotional Nandini Bedekar, Amonkar’s most senior disciple

Winning Formula
Sat, May 06, 2017

Hoor stands out among the popular numbers of Hindi Medium

Pakistani students on five-day peace visit sent back
Thu, May 04, 2017

The fourth edition of the ‘Student Exchange for Change Programme’, organised by Delhi-based Routes2Roots, ended abruptly early on Wednesday when the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) advised the NGO to send the children back home.

For 50 Pakistani students, a ticket to India
Tue, May 02, 2017

Almost 50 students from various schools in Pakistan crossed over to India via the Wagah Border to take part in the fourth edition of ‘Student Exchange for Change Programme’ in an attempt “to foster peace and harmony”.

‘You have to be your own artiste’
Mon, May 01, 2017

Aniruddha Knight, who will take the stage on World Dance Day, on being T Balasaraswati’s grandson, and carrying an iconic legacy

Salvation Road
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Shubhashish Bhutiani, director of Mukti Bhawan, on creating a story about death at 25, how age has little to do with mature cinema, and his mental notes on history and religion

Dirty Dancing: The Anaarkalis of Ara
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

In Ara, Bihar, a naach is nothing if it doesn’t have women dancers, lewd lyrics and aggressive men. Once the show is over, the Anaarkalis go back to their hardscrabble lives.

The sadhana of Kishori Amonkar
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

Kishori Amonkar's talent, technique and commitment to her craft added up to an inimitable style, one that could challenge the audience, critics and, always, herself.

In Memoriam: Kishori Amonkar
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Stalwarts of Indian classical music share their memories of Kishori Amonkar