Suanshu Khurana


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

Hindustani classical loses its voice: Kishori Amonkar, 84
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

When the history of Hindustani classical music is written, Amonkar’s name will not just be remembered but also revered.

Triumph of the Underdog
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Composers Salim-Sulaiman, known for their commercially successful soundtrack in Chak De India, have refrained from too much frenzy and come out with something edifying and uplifting.

Language Games: Anarkali of Arrah
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Lehanga jhaake, sung by Indu Sonali, captures exactly what the film aims to. Sonali is fantastic in her rendition of the double entendre as the thump pounds are offered by the extremely talented Sachin Sawant.

Mix and Match
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

Composer: Amaal Mallik, Akhil Sachdeva and Tanishk Bagchi and Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed, Kumaar, Akhil Sachdeva, Indeevara, Badshah

Ramjas College row: Here’s how protests shape songs with a view
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

As Delhi University students debate free speech after the Ramjas College incident, musicians and theatrepersons tell us how protest shapes their songs and plays.

Tess for Our Times
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Bharatanatyam dancer Rajashree Warrier on adapting Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Exchanging Notes
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

A Zakir Hussain-Shujaat Khan concert saw the two match notes in an average but packed jugalbandi

Celebrating the Language of Poetry: Third edition of Jashn-e-Rekhta has artists, poets, writers, musicians coming together
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Rekhta, a Delhi-based organisation began as, a website that was popular among poets and Urdu enthusiasts for organising small programmes in close circles.

Roll of Honour
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Tabla player Sandeep Das, whose collaboration with cellist Yo Yo Ma won a Grammy, on how music needs to engage with politics, his guru Pt Kishen Maharaj and why he doesn’t enjoy performing back home

War Horses and their Orchestral Manoeuvres
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

The Indian Naval Symphonic Orchestra staged one of the more extraordinary concerts in recent times

A Dying Fall: Is the shehnai on its way out?
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Once, it had enjoyed the honour of paying homage to a newly-born nation. But now, over a decade after the death of Ustad Bismillah Khan, the man who had established the shehnai as a tour de force in classical music, the instrument might well be on its way out.

Rangoon music review: Gulzar-Vishal Bhardwaj revives sounds of the past
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Rangoon music review: The sound of Rangoon lacks the gloriousness the past records by this lyricist-composer duo has had.

Classical ‘Yaman’ raga at 68th Beating Retreat
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee, whose tenure ends later this year, greeted the audience from his buggy.

Raees: Not So Rich, After All
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

There’s so little heart present in half of the album that Ram Sampath has composed.

Desert Rose
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Ustad Hakim Khan, 77, one of the last kamiyacha players left in the country, will perform at the upcoming Ranthambore Festival.

Songs of a Wayfarer
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

On how Papon sustains a nomad’s heart and straddles Eastern folk and contemporary Western tunes.

Kaabil Music Review: Below the Mark
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Kaabil, after a three-year-hiatus is definitely not a worthy comeback.

‘It’s time art engaged with the environment’
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Carnatic doyen TM Krishna joins forces with environment activist Nityanand Jayaraman to come up with Poromboke, a song that turns a common Tamil slur into a bold environmental and artistic statement

Music Review: Lost in Translation
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

The title song is a reminder of Yuva tunes, but in an extremely superficial way. Rahman and Srinidhi Venkatesh sing alongside an electronic arrangement.

Strings Attached
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

With songs in Dear Zindagi and Haraamkhor under her belt, singer-songwriter Jasleen Royal is slowly breaking into the big league

Alchemist of Sound
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Sitar legend Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, a pioneer in the history of strings, and the last luminary in the sitar trinity of Ustad Vilayat Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar, passes away.

Songs of 2016
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

Here is the list of best songs of 2016.

Surround Sound
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

2016 was the year when Coldplay painted the skies Yellow in Mumbai, and Beyonce stirred up a Lemonade storm. It was also the year when the country argued over the national anthem and when both — the Nobel Prize for literature and and the Magsaysay award — went to musicians who spoke their heart. Talk looks back at the music that mattered

Hitting the High Note
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

Pritam’s earthy melodies that merge with modern electronic sound, seem like extensions of this sports/biographical drama.

All that Punk
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

British band World Service Project had the audiences headbanging to a theatrical performance at the recently concluded Goa International Jazz Live Festival .

The loneliness of Kishori Amonkar
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

In a rare interview, classical musician Kishori Amonkar speaks about learning from her mother, the difference between a guru and a teacher, and why she has no need for the Bharat Ratna.

Better For Mike
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

The song, rendered by Nikhil D’Souza and Rachel Varghese, is forgotten as easily as it appears.

‘Land of Gold is something we humans are striving for’
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Sitar player Anoushka Shankar, who has won a Grammy nomination for her album, Land of Gold, on the refugee crisis, melding poetry with instrumentals, and her father’s Concerto #2

Jazz State of Mind
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Goa International Jazz Live Festival features a line-up of national and international legends.

‘You cannot put him in one frame’
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Balamuraliji was a musician who completely understood the tradition, was trained in it, rose from it and rose above it.

Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna (1930-2016): ‘Scholar, singer, guru… a game changer’
Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Balamuralikrishna died at his Chennai residence.

Dear Zindagi music review: Sounds of Life
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

The album opens with the title song in Jasleen Royal’s voice with Amit Trivedi and the chorus giving her voice strong support.