Suanshu Khurana

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‘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
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

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.

Window Shopping
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

TALK visits popular flea markets and street food kiosks to see how they are faring at a time when cash is low.

Steer the Way, it’s Leonard Cohen
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Playing You Want it Darker, an hour after Cohen’s death, is like walking alongside the musician’s hearse.

Music review: Gulzar’s Tagore
Fri, Nov 11, 2016

The seven track-album opens with Gulzar reading one of his poems describing what Tagore means to him.

Anthem for Lost Youth
Tue, Nov 08, 2016

25 years ago, a Pakistani band tapped into a generation’s angst and crossed borders with ease. A look back at Junoon’s journey.

Sacred and the Secular
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

Prahlad Tipanya, a folk singer from a Dalit family, will highlight the first Mahindra Kabir Festival in Varanasi

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil music review: Play on a Loop
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil music review: The movie has music from composer Pritam Chakrabarty and lyricist from Amitabh Bhattacharya

The melody is gone from Kashmir
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Raj Begum, whose music provided solace in times of turbulence, passed away in Srinagar on Wednesday

Sands of Time
Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Once an indipop sensation, Shweta Shetty is back after a two-decade hiatus. This time as an opera singer.

Faux Rockstars
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Farhan launches himself into Jaago — a flaccid take on a decent track.

Songs of the Dunes
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Sicard’s throaty vocals and chants form a folk called maloya, music sung by Creole descendents of the Indian, African and Malagasy slaves, who toiled in the sugar plantations of Reunion Island.

Mirzya singer Mame Khan is going solo
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

With his latest Bollywood outing Mirzya, renowned Rajasthani folk singer Mame Khan is slowly, but surely, establishing himself outside of the Manganiyar tribe of musicians.

Roll of Honour
Wed, Oct 05, 2016

The Sangeet Natak Akademi felicitates its winners.

To avoid anything ‘ugly’, Delhi NGO cancels student exchange with Pakistan
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

The cancellation comes in the wake of the announcement of “surgical strikes” by India along the LoC.

Bowled Out
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

We approach MS Dhoni: The Untold Story with much trepidation — a sea change to one’s approach towards his skills as a cricketer. Most sports films that come out of Bollywood end up being damp squibs in terms of soundtracks. The recent addition to that list was the Emran Hashmi-starrer Azhar. Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer MS […]

‘There was a ruthlessness in the relationship between the sisters’
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Raju Bharatan, 82, the grand old man of Hindustani film music writing in India, on his new biography of Asha Bhosle and the rivalry between the Mangeshkar sisters.

Mirzya music review: A fascinating album that must be heard
Wed, Oct 05, 2016

As brilliant as some of it is, the Mirzya album could have been a little more -- a howl from the soul probably, like Baavre in Luck By Chance was.

Anyone who believes that politics does not exist in art, is disconnected, says Carnatic musician TM Krishna
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

Thodur Madabusi Krishna, on facing criticism for accepting the Magsaysay Award, fighting caste and gender in classical music, and the next generation that understands his discourse on inclusivesness in the arts.

Voices from the Margins
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Artistes come together to urge for equal rights.

Pakistan on a song
Sat, Sep 10, 2016

In grim times, Coke Studio showcases a lilt in its step.

One Song, One Voice
Tue, Sep 06, 2016

Playback singer Shilpa Rao on being the only Indian on Coke Studio Pakistan, and how barriers collapse at the sound of music.

Music Review: The Sound Barrier
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

The album opens with Rajj rajj ke that comes in three versions. The original song has been auto-tuned with Sonakshi Sinha’s voice and a remix.