Suanshu Khurana


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.

I am like a blank piece of paper, says AR Rahman
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

AR Rahman, India’s only Academy award-winning composer, on completing 25 years in music and keeping art away from politics.

Artists should ‘shut up’ on politics: A R Rahman
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Rahman also said he had no idea that his reported statement on Friday — that “if these things happen in India, then it is not my India” — would create a storm on social media.

Musician Karan Joseph jumps to death from Bandra flat, say police
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Joseph allegedly committed suicide Saturday morning after leaping out of the window of a 12th-floor apartment in Bandra’s Concord Apartments, where he was staying with friends for the past one month.

Choreographer of Feroz Abbas Khan’s Mughal-e-Azam pays tribute to Kathak exponent Lachhu Maharaj
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

"When I create, I’m very instinctive as the lyrical quality creates images in my head. I can’t lose that instinct or I’ll just be a clone. It had to be a signature Mayuri upadhya piece and yet remain a tribute to what Maharaj created."

Soul Searching
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

As part of the Tihar Kala Utsav, artworks created by jail inmates are on display at the Lalit Kala Akademi. Several works by artist Chintan Upadhyay are also part of the exhibition.

For the Record
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Manasi Prasad, director of Bengaluru-based Centre for Indian Music Experience, on India’s first interactive music museum and lack of patronage for the arts.

Music Review: Past Forward
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Ghalib Asad Bhopali’s lyrics avoid any banality or touch of truism, reminding us of his father Asad Bhopali’s immortal work. Overall, the album is a fine mix and Dagaonkar a crucial element in the upcoming musical arc of Bollywood.

Nineties, Unplugged!
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The nineties was the decade of the Indipop artiste that ended with the arrival of the internet and a resurgence of Bollywood music. So, where are its singing stars now? Here is a look at some of the popular artistes from that generation.

Soul Strings: U Rajesh on the legacy of playing an Italian lute in the Carnatic classical system
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Mandolin player U Rajesh on his illustrious brother, Mandolin Srinivas, and the legacy of playing an Italian lute in the Carnatic classical system.

Songs of Freedom
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

We list a few patriotic songs that have lived on and still manage to stir a sense of pride

The song that’s India: Revisiting Desh Raag
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Desh Raag attempted to deliver a message of unity in diversity in pre-liberalised India.

When Edgy Met the Ordinary
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Nooran sisters give Jee ve sohneya an off key beginning post a guitar prelude and an alaap but pick it up later. This ‘sufi track’ of the album is nice, but doesn’t give us any hair-raising moment.

Notes From Across the Border
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Pakistani musician Zebunissa Bangash, of the popular duo Zeb and Haniya, on composing tunes for Lipstick Under My Burkha, weaving her Pashtun heritage into the compositions, and how art builds bridges

Rain Down on Me: If you bring Miyan Malhar into your life, monsoon is all yours
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

As the folklore went, the raga Miyan Malhar was known to light oil lamps when sung accurately. Tansen attempted the raga so fervently that the lamps got lit, but soon, the heat began to burn his body and he fell ill.

‘At the heart of this story is a unique friendship’
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Author Shrabani Basu, whose book is the subject of director Stephen Frears’ upcoming Judi Dench and Ali Fazal starrer, on finding a different side to Queen Victoria and how the story is also a tale of the current political times.

Concert to bring echo of Darjeeling to capital
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The loss of innocent lives in the beautiful hills of North Bengal — the place I grew up and understood music — is unnerving and painful,” says Chhetri, referring to the Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling and other areas.

Victoria and Abdul actor Ali Fazal: It’s horrible when actors say they are apolitical
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Ali Fazal who was seen in films like 3 Idiots, Bobby Jasoos, and Happy Bhaag Jayegi, will be sharing the screen for the first time, with Oscar award winning actor Judi Dench in his upcoming Hollywood film, Victoria and Abdul. A film based on the Queen's affair with a servant.

The Ballads and Blues
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky follows the silk route for his musical travelogue, Guns and Guitars, which documents two things in the warp and weft of the Northeast — violence and music.

The Great Divide
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

For her representation of the complex story in terms of music, Chaddha has roped in Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman. Gurinder Chaddha has a knack for tunes that work.

Untested Waters
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The lyrics and composition are traditional and can’t be credited to A R Rahman but he alters the arrangements and makes the overall sound more modern and suited to a fine background store.

For the Record: Filmmaker Jaideep Varma’s documentary ‘City Haze’ is based on a Mumbai music band
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

After his award-winning documentary on the popular band Indian Ocean, filmmaker Jaideep Varma pans his camera towards the unpopular — City Haze, a Mumbai band, which is struggling to find an audience despite a fresh, original take on life

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.