Suanshu Khurana

Articles By Suanshu Khurana

A new book chronicles the journey of Indian music to the West through the life of Lakshmi Shankar, India’s first female Grammy nominated vocalist

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.

Rajasthani folk dancer Queen Harish dies in road accident

Harish Kumar, father of two young children whose unconventional profession earned him the fame and dignity he aspired for, died in a fatal car crash while on his way from Jodhpur to Ajmer for a show.

Koodiyattam and Nangiarkoothu artiste Kapila Venu will perform at the seventh SPICMACAY convention at JNU

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.

Hostelers no longer have to make room for JNU event

The participants, mostly students visiting from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE and Afghanistan, will now be adjusted at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) hostels.

A Life in Music

Manna Dey would have turned 100 this month. A peek into the world of a genius who rendered some of the most incredible pieces of music

Imagine, it isn’t hard to do

This election season, actor, writer and singer Aamir Aziz has stories to tell, of our times, people, and the nation we’ve become.

Vocalist Maithili Thakur and her two brothers on being Election Commission’s brand ambassadors in Madhubani

The three young musicians are presenting songs of yore, some of which are sung by classical singers, mostly from the Banaras gharana, apart from folk songs.

Homecoming A film by Beyoncé review: The one who surrendered to the air

Beyonce lets the viewers into her life just a little, keeps them focussed on her as a performer in an effort to archive herself.

Freedom is a revolution: How idea of Azadi has changed over the years

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.

Whose line is it anyway?

Wit, cynicism, humour, and sometimes vitriol — a slew of politically charged songs are brewing up during the 2019 elections.

Indo-German composer Sandeep Bhagwati on building bridges between Western and Indian classical music, seeking untrodden ground and how all art is political

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 genius of Alla Rakha Qureshi and how he brought the tabla centre stage

On his birth centenary, remembering Ustad Alla Rakha, the maestro who lifted the tabla from the margins of Hindustani classical music and placed it under the spotlight.

Germany-based Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra presented a concert in Delhi with plenty to admire

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.

Holi, the festival that has dispelled many social conventions, has been extensively explored through poetry and music in Islam

In India today where even the smallest divide of religion, gender and community can spark reactions, the fact that colouring each other does not leave a trace of who you were, is worth remembering.

Pt Laxman Krishnarao Pandit on the concept of fame, why it eludes some very talented artistes and practising till his last breath

Pt Laxman Krishnarao Pandit, the scion of the famed Gwalior gharana, who turned 85 last week. He was born in 1938 into a well-known family of musicians.

‘Art has a duty in times of war’

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 music review: Love’s Labour’s Lost

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.

Multiple Grammy-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin on why India is special for her

Sharon Isbin on creating space for her nylon-stringed guitar in the world of western classical music.

Asha Puthli: Lady sings the blues

She was feted in the West for her golden voice, and entirely forgotten in India. But singer Asha Puthli has more songs to sing and stories to tell — if you care to listen.

Gully Boy’s music is the hallmark of change in Bollywood

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.