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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

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 rekhta.org, 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.