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Singer Papon faces the music, and complaint, for kissing minor
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

Papon, 42, put out a statement on Facebook, stating that if he was guilty, he would not have the video on his Facebook page. But, he added, “this is not to say I haven’t made a mistake”.

Boundaries and Beyond
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

After the Ishtehaar controversy Rahat Fateh Ali Khan tweets, ‘music has no boundaries’.

Arijit Singh never sang for Welcome To New York: Producer Vashu Bhagnani
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Ishtehaar, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh-starrer Welcome to New York, was never recorded by Arijit Singh, claims Vashu Bhagnani, the film's producer.

The Long and Short of It
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Actor Pallavi Joshi on starring in Heena Dsouza’s short film Pressure Cooker, her comeback, and television shows becoming more regressive

PadMan music review: Lost Cause
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

PadMan music review: Out of the five compositions that has generated much buzz, some are pleasant, while some are completely forgettable. But what really hits the mark, is the careful and sharp play of words by Kausar Munir, who shines more than Amit Trivedi in some pieces.

Review of musician Susmit Sen’s new single slamming colourism
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

Musician Susmit Sen’s new provocative single, White Karidey, slams colourism

Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan: Music and the Master
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Hindustani classical vocalist Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan last week, on a long performing career and how artistes should stay away from politics

Music review of Padmaavat: Sounds of War
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

The film’s politics, its tenor, the positioning and representation of its main characters a certain way is more than just incongruous, but what isn’t is the director’s ode to his blue-eyed raga, which, in the past, has featured in most of his films.

The Snake Dancer
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Gulabo Sapera, the only Kaalbelia dancer to have won a Padma Shri, on being buried alive, dancing with the snakes and her upcoming concert in the Capital.

At Bengal Classical Music Festival held in Dhaka, music signified much more than just clusters of seven notes
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Dhaka's Bengal Classical Music Festival is not touted as merely a festival. As the country's culture minister believes, violence against minority communities can be tackled through the strength of music and that's the purpose of the all-night, five-day music festival that's free for all.

Music for Change
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Hindustani classical musician Shubha Mudgal to present ‘Awaam ki Awaaz’ – verses on equality, right to free speech and dissent

Art will not change world if art and artistes don’t change, says Carnatic maestro TM Krishna
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

TM Krishna has been hard to ignore, also because he’s been an insider “part and participatory in the discriminatory world”.

Uma Sharma on showcasing the dance of her gurus and the need to hold more music conferences
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Uma Sharma will take the stage to open the 18th edition of the Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav to present abhinaya taught to her by her celebrated guru Shambhu Maharaj (Birju Maharaj's uncle), the doyen of the Lucknow gharana.

Call of the Sitar
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Sitar and surbahar player Buddhaditya Mukherjee on being called ‘sitar player of the century’ and not playing to the gallery.

The Lost Song of Naina Devi: Revisiting the life of the musician, 100 years on
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

The story of Nilina Sen, who was barred from her beloved thumri, but who found a way back to the music.

Music review of Mukkabaaz: Packs a light punch
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Music review of Mukkabaaz: While composer Rachita Arora delivers at times, one wonders if the film needed the touch of a Sneha Khanwalkar to nail the textures for a film like this.

2017 Looking Back: By The Ear
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

The sounds surrounding us this year were varied — from TM Krishna singing for Right to Privacy, Adele holding on to her Grammy for 25 and telling Beyonce that she deserved it more for Lemonade, to Madonna speaking of women’s rights

When Music Heals
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Stalwarts from India and Bangladesh come together in Dhaka for the Bengal Classical Music Festival

Mayookh Bhaumik creates a qawwali with the world’s most popular Christmas song, Jingle bells
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

During this Christmas qawwali, Mayookh Bhaumik divides his role between being a tabla player and a harmonium player. The piece moves like a qawwali does, with improvisations, building in tempo as one goes further.

For the Record
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

A dancer goes in search of a nautch girl and finds the legend of Nawab Jaan — a representation of the country’s famed courtesans

Colours of Her Life: Bharatanatyam and Odissi exponent Sonal Mansingh on her dance, being branded saffron
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

Sonal Mansingh on being labelled a “sanghi” innumerable times, her stint as the chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and her inclusion in Modi’s navratnas, the creation of the Swachh Bharat production, reconstitution of the Central Advisory Board on Culture (CABC).

Artistes from across musical disciplines pay tribute to ‘Thumri Queen’ Girija Devi in New Delhi
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Deewana kiye shyam kya jaadu daara… On a cold evening this weekend, when Banaras gharana singer Sunanda Sharma concluded her recital with this famed thumri in raag Gauri Bhairav, those present in Delhi’s Nehru Park were reminded of the most evocative presenter of the piece, Girija Devi. Draped in colourful Banarsis, her silver mane tied […]

Curiouser and Curiouser
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

With her new album, Tarana Marwah aka Komerobi is creating a tectonic shift in the Indian indie scene

Fiddling With The Violin
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

GST taxes it for being ‘Western’. But it is integral to India’s classical tradition

There was only one Girija Devi
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

In a conversation with Rasoolan Bai and Siddheshwari Devi, someone once asked them about the thumri's future, afterwards, after them. "Girija hai na," pat came the reply from Siddheshwari Devi. Girija is there, isn’t she.

Eastern Lights
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

German musician Prem Joshua on blending Hindustani classical music with western sounds

The Sound of Silence
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

Musician Anoushka Shankar gives live score for the restored silent film Shiraz, a drama based on Niranjan Pal’s play that tells the story of the making of the Taj Mahal

Ode to Privacy
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna comes together with environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman, author Perumal Murugan, rapper Sofia Ashraf and Dalit activist and singer Sheetal Sathe to deliver a song on the right to privacy

Girija Devi, queen of Thumri, passes away at 88
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Girija Devi, one of the foundational figures of Banaras and Senia gharana, who brought thumri from the courts and kothas onto the proscenium stage, died on Tuesday after a cardiac arrest.

The Reigning Begum
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Begum Parveen Sultana on being one of Patiala gharana’s most sturdy female voices in classical music.

Under the Skein
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Bharatanatyam exponent Malavika Sarukkai on her ode to the loom in her new production, living dance, and how India needs to differentiate between mediocrity and excellence

When the Glory Comes
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Dharwad’s Pandit M Venkatesh Kumar isn’t a usual suspect in the country’s concert scene. He is, however, one of its finest

Teaching the wind to sing: Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia on blowing life into a reed
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

The music exponent talks about how he won’t let age erode his music.

The Swans Fly In
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Anatoliy Kazatskiy, director of Royal Russian Ballet, on bringing Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Swan Lake, to India

Holding Court
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Classical singer Priyanka Barve is Feroz Abbas Khan’s Anarkali in Mughal-e-Azam. She admits to not wanting to be Madhubala, and the challenges of straddling vocals with dance and acting.

Reliving the Royal Past
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Feroz Abbas Khan’s Mughal-e-Azam isn’t anything like K Asif’s mammoth project but it is a heartfelt tribute worth appreciation and applause.