Suanshu Khurana

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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.

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.