But more than that Grammy that registered her presence in 2009, for Lakshmi, it was giving voice to one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajans, Vaishnav jan toh, for Richard Attenburgh’s Gandhi that remained special.
Traditionally, the dance form, a combination of acting and dance, is performed in temple theatres or Koothambalams of Kerala. It remains the only art form that uses drama from ancient Sanskrit theatre.
Jostling for space among many slogans in this election is the promise of azadi — from hunger, from the enemy at the border, from joblessness and fear. But how has this idea changed over the years, through music and song and poetry? We count the ways.
Not many in India, including the ones from the world of Western and Indian classical music, are familiar with the name Sandeep Bhagwati. Bhagwati, an award-winning composer and conductor, was the artistic director of the composers’ workshop at Munich Biennale (1990-92).
The orchestra began with Brahms’ Symphony for Strings No 2 in G Major, one of the most significant pieces by the composer. With clean harmonies, this one had the violins and the violas in conversation with each other.
On Saturday, at the Delhi International Jazz Festival organised at Nehru Park, Moraych along with Mohammad Tarek Almiski (bass), George Malek (classical guitar), Iskandarani Ahmad (nai), members of a new band called Fusion, tried to fuse elements from all the music that they’ve heard — Syrian music, Indian music and jazz — and presented a concert.
Sonchiriya seems a bit of an improbable situation, where we go expecting smooth soul and anthemic choruses and what we get, with the exception of two pieces, is off key vocals and pieces that lack heart.
Gully Boy’s music is the hallmark of change in Bollywood, which is getting stuck in the rut of regularity quite easily these days. Cock your years, and listen in. For this is the change we all talk about.