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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Suanshu Khurana


Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan (1931-2021): Open to all music forms, teacher to the greats
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003, Padma Bhushan in 2006 and Padma Vibhushan in 2018.

Kathak Kendra constitutes sexual harassment panel
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

The woman had alleged molestation by her pakhawaj teacher Pt Ravi Shankar Upadhyay, a noted sexual harassment pakhawaj player based in Delhi and a guru at the Kendra.

What music and dance gave us in 2020
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

While a digital revolution in Hindustani and Carnatic classical music was a revelation in 2020, the pandemic pulled indie artistes out of oblivion and placed them in our living rooms.

Sunil Kothari (1933-2020): ‘Truly passionate about dance, things weren’t surface level with him’
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

He had tested positive for Covid last month and had recovered from it last week. Kothari was admitted to Fortis Hospital in the Capital last evening.

Sexual harassment probe: Akhilesh Gundecha dropped from MP’s Tansen Samaroh
Sun, Dec 27, 2020

Since October, an Internal Complaints Committee has been investigating allegations of sexual harassment against Akhilesh Gundecha and Ramakant Gundecha, two of the three Gundecha brothers who run the Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal.

The sounds of the East come alive this Christmas
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

Shillong Chamber Choir’s new album that has hymns and carols in Urdu, Farsi, Hebrew, Aramaic and Khasi nudges us to look to the desert where Christ was born

Guitarist Valentine Shipley, who crossed genres and cultures, passed away in Nagpur due to cardiac arrest
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

It was Valentine’s interest in varied forms of music that he brought out an album with the title The Memorable Ghazals of Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh by Valentine Shipley (2005)

Kathak Kendra guru had faced student complaint earlier too
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

Upadhyay is currently lodged in Tihar Jail while police have completed the process of speaking to other gurus and students at the Kendra.

Guru at Kathak Kendra arrested after 23-yr-old files molestation complaint
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

Kathak Kendra is an affiliate of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Purported CCTV footage of the incident has been handed to the police by the director of the institute.

Ustad Iqbal Khan, khalifa of the Dilli gharana, dies at 66
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Ustad Iqbal Ahmed was a regular at most concerts in the Capital, reeling “subhan allah” and “kya kehne” after a lighting speed taan or a great couplet. But he never made it to some of those festivals he attended.

Astad Deboo passes away: He talked with every muscle in body — and with his stillness
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

Understanding Deboo's trajectory over the years, from the 1980s onwards, is like watching a dancer evolve — he was constantly adding to his work, experimenting with mediums, styles.

Verses from the soil
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

Tamil author Perumal Murugan and Carnatic classical vocalist TM Krishna come together to create a song in solidarity with the ongoing farmers' protest

How singing about home got US-based Indian singer Priya Darshini a Grammy nomination
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

Her debut album Periphery, about identity politics and immigration crisis, has been nominated under Best New Age Album category at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones are nominated under other categories

RSS affiliate asks Centre to reconsider artistes’ eviction on humanitarian grounds
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

This committee headed by RSS Pracharak Amir Chand gave a memorandum to the minister and urged him to formulate a new housing policy for them and rethink the decision on humanitarian grounds.

After eviction notices sent to eminent artistes to vacate homes, they flag service to the nation and the pandemic
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel confirmed the move to The Indian Express and said, “They (artistes) have been given time till December 31, 2020, to vacate the houses, failing which, they will have to pay their outstanding dues. But if they vacate within the deadline, all their dues will be waived off.”

How an online music festival is producing high-quality concerts in empty halls
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Swar Samrat, an online music festival commemorates legendary sarod player Ut Ali Akbar Khan, and is presenting 36 concerts by 100 musicians from empty auditoriums

Explained: Why Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ has become a best-seller, despite the pandemic
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

While too many musicians have been making music during the lockdown, why such unprecedented sales for Folklore - 16 songs created in self-isolation - the highest for any album in 2020?

TN Krishnan: ‘A complete artiste, he made the violin sing’
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

Remembering TN Krishnan, the legendary violinist who passed away in Chennai on Monday.

Signature tunes
Sun, Nov 01, 2020

Twenty-five years later, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’s music passes the antakshari test.

Ballads for the Lockdown
Sun, Oct 18, 2020

The gentle melodies of Anoushka Maskey’s songs explore hard truths about the pandemic, loneliness and life in a changing world.

‘It’s important for the political world of today to own up to their mistakes in public’
Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Carnatic classical vocalist TM Krishna’s 'The Edict Project' will musically attempt to rediscover King Ashoka’s famed edicts -- philosophies that speak of a more humane society built on empathy and compassion

In collaboration with Indian artistes: German envoy recreates iconic Winds of Change with an Indian twist
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

Thirty years later, the song has found an Indian version as German musician and the country ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner, has collaborated with a slew of Indian artistes to present the 'Indian' Winds of Change.

You don’t need people to come forward in every field to assume there are men perpetrating violence against women: Anoushka Shankar
Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Anoushka shares her thoughts on understanding technology during the pandemic, working on the score of Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy and how sexual harassment in the world of music needs to be tackled

Why Vivek Gomber keeps producing Chaitanya Tamhane’s award-winning films
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Gomber was so impressed by the Marathi director’s passion and eye for detail that he offered him Rs 15,000 a month to help him earn a living from projects he cared about

S P Balasubrahmanyam: Sang for 4 generations of heroes, will be remembered for 7 generations
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Widely believed to be one of the finest male playback singers, Balasubrahmanyam had a 50-year career and transcended language barriers by singing in 16 of them including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil.