Suanshu Khurana

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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.

Dilwale music review: Off the Mark
Sat, Dec 12, 2015

The music falters from the start and eventually, is not able to transport you to anywhere significant.

Dhruv Ghanekar’s new song to bring Rock Revolution
Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Musician Dhruv Ghanekar’s new song voices concerns on the current discourse.

It’s not very healthy for me to pay too much attention to what others think of me: Anoushka Shankar
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

Sitar player Anoushka Shankar, who begins her India tour next week, on returning to her roots, the lessons learned over the years, and working with maestro Zubin Mehta.

‘Music was his lifestyle’
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Legendary sarangi player Ustad Sabri Khan passes away.

India is one of the greatest and the most tolerant countries, says L Subramaniam
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

L Subramaniam, who was one of the highlights at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, on tolerance and the need for discussions in a democracy.

Surround sound
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

Flying Lotus, Mogwai, AR Rahman and songs by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan — there was plenty to like at this year’s Bacardi NH7 Weekender. But lack of a solid metal act and sound problems left the Delhi audience asking for more

The Aamir Khan controversy is a classic example of what is happening in this country: TM Krishna
Mon, Nov 30, 2015

Carnatic classical musician TM Krishna on artistes returning their awards and why art must be more inclusive.

Pak band Noori to perform at NH7 Weekender in Delhi
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

One of the songs in Pakistani rock band Noori’s recent album comes with the moniker Begum Gul Bakauli Sarfarosh. Titled 1947 — the year that holds much importance in the subcontinent’s history — the song describes the pain of a woman who comes to Pakistan after losing her family. The song, which talks of new […]

‘Bajirao Mastani’ music review: swings between sombre, earthy, poignant, soulful and brash
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

The only director who has managed to be an ace composer, in the last few years, is Vishal Bhardwaj. But Bhansali gets it better than just right with this one.

Writing from the Margins
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

Acclaimed Marathi writer Urmila Pawar, one of the leading names in Dalit literature, on her arduously acquired freedom, being a ‘vulgar’ writer and challenging the divisions of a caste-based society

Play List: With a new address and an impressive line-up, Bacardi NH7 Weekender is ready to take off
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

After three years of being staged at Buddh International Circuit on Noida Expressway, this year’s NH7 Weekender is surprisingly being held in Dwarka.

Bhootnath director backs PM Modi, slams ‘pseudo intellectuals’ in viral video
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

“It’s symbolic. It isn’t about any individual,” said Vivek Sharma, when asked about the reference.

Pakistan artistes give a glimpse of what to expect at first Qawwali fest in Delhi
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

Artistes only want affection from their audience and that’s one thing which is in abundance in India.

Diana King: Shy Guy’s Girl
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

Diana King, creator of the addictive song Shy guy, talks about her Indian heritage, being the first Jamaican singer to come out publically and treating her multiple sclerosis with music.

Touching Bass
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Yossi Fine, one of the world’s foremost bassists, on playing at the Jodhpur RIFF, discovering his Indian roots, and being called ‘the Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar’

Deepika, Ranbir’s ‘Tamasha’ music review: A Grand Spectacle
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

Tamasha comes with some exhilarating layers. It falters sometimes, picks itself up to hit some high points, stays in the middle of the pack, and then suddenly wows you with its catchy hooks.

Ghulam Ali: ‘Won’t visit India till atmosphere is right’
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

Ghulam Ali also expressed his disappointment over the recent incidents, asserting that Indian fans have always welcomed him and his music with open arms.

Anil Srinivasan and the sound unbound
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

Pianist Anil Srinivasan, who performed in Delhi this week, on straddling Carnatic classical with Bach and never melding the two

Zubin Mehta concert: When the Baton Beckoned
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Zubin Mehta returned to the Capital after a decade for a concert that Delhi will remember for years.

Zubin Mehta: Return of awards major movement
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Zubin Mehta is visiting the national capital after a decade, this time along with the prestigious Australian World Orchestra.