Suanshu Khurana


Why it was important for Ghulam Ali to perform in Banaras despite Sena pressure
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

In the run up to his concert and while he sang, Shiv Sena volunteers protested with slogans such as “Ghulam Ali, waapis jao” and “Ghulam Ali, murdabaad”.

Raga from the Heart
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

In this year’s Bollywood-dominated National Awards, Mahesh Kale was a rare name from the world of Marathi film playback

Hitting the Right Notes
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

His voice is a blend of the finesse of Hindustani classical with the rawness of folk and qawwali. Javed Bashir is the newest import from Pakistan.

A Sour Note
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

A ‘live’ Jagjit Singh concert in the Capital turned the legend’s music into an ethical question.

Jagjit Singh’s wife moves Delhi HC against his ‘live’ concert in capital
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Chitra Singh said, “They are exploiting and misusing my husband’s work, his name. I have strongly opposed this particular programme because sentences such as ‘Jagjit Singh live in concert’."

Music Review: Out of Sync
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Will the songs make some sense in the film? We’ll have to wait and watch.

Tale of Two Voices
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

Ut Shahid Parvez matched his sitar with Ut Rashid Khan’s vocals in a unique jugalbandi.

Roll of Honour
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Kabir Sehgal, best-selling author and political aide for John Kerry during his Presidential campaign, on winning the Grammy this year.

P K Nair, the grand old man of film archiving, dies at 82
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

India's pioneering film archivist and film scholar P.K. Nair breathed his last on Friday morning. He was 82.

Music review of Zubaan: Tunes fall flat
Fri, Mar 04, 2016

Music review of Zubaan: The tunes in the Vicky Kaushal and Sarah-Jane Dias starrer Zubaan mostly fall flat.

A Childhood in Pixels
Sun, Feb 28, 2016

Los Angeles-based animator Sanjay Patel, whose short film Sanjay’s Super Team is one of the Indian nominations at the Oscars, on turning a slice of his childhood into a Pixar short film.

An Equal Music – Carnatic music festival
Sat, Feb 27, 2016

The festival, a brainchild of Carnatic classical vocalist TM Krishna, will take place on February 27 and 28 and is open to everyone.

Bombay Diaries music review: Beyond Boundary Lines
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Bombay Diaries music opens up a compelling soundscape with many anthemic moments.

Roll of Honour
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

“To Rudresh Mahanthappa, thank you for creating a new language in jazz,” said Arturo. Mahanthappa’s deft puffs into the sax had just formed the background to Farrill’s brisk walk onto the stage.

Music this week: Between the light and shade
Sat, Feb 20, 2016

The two pretty much find their groove in Baras, the first piece on the album that leads us into the rich and expansive universe of this album.

Abdul Rashid Khan: The man who sang to live
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, the oldest performing musician, has died at the age of 107, leaving behind a rich repertoire of compositions, and a motivation so extraordinary that it is likely to inspire many generations

Notes from a Global Library
Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Karsh Kale on creating most of his music ‘in the air’ and a new album after a five-year hiatus.

Mind Over Matters
Mon, Feb 15, 2016

Shama Zaidi on writing Garam Hawa, the current political climate and directing a film based on the iconic novel Raag Darbari.

Fitoor music review: Sporadically Brilliant
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Fitoor music review: The tunes of this Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapoor are so familiar and yet so original.

For the Love of Urdu
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

The second edition of Jashn-e-Rekhta will have noted poets, authors and a plethora of artistes from India and Pakistan celebrate the heritage of Urdu

I never saw boundaries between genres: Amrit Kaur Lohia
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Amrit Kaur Lohia, a London-based musician who merges Punjabi folk with jazz and soul, is on her first tour of India.

Nida Fazli’s poetry: where Krishna met Allah
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

India has lost one of its finest poets. It will be difficult to find a worthy successor to Nida Fazli’s poetry and writing style.

He poured far too much of heart and reality into his poetry
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Nida Fazli was a popular face at the mushairas where many a times, poetry became an urbane counterpoint to traditionalism.

Four Pakistani poets to ‘rhyme and reason’ at Delhi mushaira
Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Poets Amjad Islam Amjad, Rehana Roohi and Ababs Tabish, will be a part of Delhi-based mushaira Jashn-e-Bahar which will be held at DPS Mathura Road Friday.

Indian classical instruments and ‘popular’ music take centre stage at Beating Retreat
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

While the ceremony — an age-old military tradition passed down to India from the British — used drums to call troops back from battle at sunset, it has never reverberated with the notes of Indian classical instruments such as sitar, tabla and santoor.

Music review of R. Madhavan starrer Saala Khadoos
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

The five tunes in Saala Khadoos, a film starring an extremely fit R Madhavan and debutante Ritika Singh, come with a combination of unique personalities and absolutely, scrappy, nonentities.

Play it Again
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

With the launch of Raagam, a first of its kind digital classical music channel by Prasar Bharati, All India Radio is set to open its treasure trove of archival recordings

Airlift music review: Overall, the album is marred with quite a bit of musical conservatism
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Airlift music review: Overall, the album is marred with quite a bit of musical conservatism, and the lyricist and composers haven’t gone beyond the tried and tested.

Born to dance: Mrinalini Sarabhai never retired
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Bharatanatyam exponent Mrinalini Sarabhai, who passed away at 97, represented an emerging India through her dance, which merged passion with the cerebral

A step in time: Mrinalini Sarabhai’s contribution to Indian dance continues to glow bright
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Bharatanatyam exponent Mrinalini Sarabhai, who passed away at 97, was a rare manifestation of an emerging India that represented passion paired with the complex conceptual study of the art form.

Music Review: Raising the Bar
Sat, Jan 16, 2016

It’s been a while since someone, with a knack of approaching the familiar from a different side, showed up. Sneha Khanwalkar managed that with Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!.

Wazir music review
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

Three years later most of Mo Funk has been transferred to a song titled Khel khel mein in Bejoy Nambiar’s Wazir to become the album’s finest piece.

Violinist David Balakrishnan will be vying for a top spot in the Instrumental Composition at Grammys
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

This year’s Grammy nominee, violinist David Balakrishnan, is blending elements of Indian classical music with jazz and western classical to redefine art music in the West.

Rage Against the Machine
Thu, Dec 31, 2015

In 2015, while popular music found political renaissance, the independent attempted activism, and the world of classical went a step forward and engaged in political commentary.

Music This Week: Chris and the Sugar Factory
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

The opening beat in the title song provides a gleaming groove just before going into ‘woah oh oh’ and their conventional avenues.

Out of the Shadow
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

On the heels of her fifth Grammy nomination, a tribute concert to her father saw Anoushka Shankar coming into her own.