Suanshu Khurana

Articles By Suanshu Khurana

Sadhana Sargam: Music has changed so much

Playback singer Sadhana Sargam on changes in the music scene and why she doesn’t succumb to its pressures.

Ram ke naam on YouTube: Songs of blood, bullets, ‘traitors’

Dubey says he wrote the song as he found the situation in Ayodhya “troubling”. “Ayodhya is Ram lalla’s home and the temple was there first.

Song For the Valley

“I was feeling terribly gutted over the last two days. Something very fundamental about the beauty of this country seemed taken away," says TM Krishna.

The Inheritance of Loss

Umrao Jaan Ada, playwright Mirza Hadi Ruswa’s creation and Muzaffar Ali’s muse in the famed 1981 film starring Rekha and Farooq Sheikh, is now a musical

Shubha Mudgal on writing short stories and why arts education in India needs an overhaul

Shubha Mudgal on her first collection of short stories, and why arts education in India needs an overhaul

Bringing the Street Home

A new documentary on rapper DIVINE takes one through the life and times of the real gully boy.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi announces its winners for the year 2018

An interesting name in the list is that of singer Suresh Wadkar, still remembered for his songs in the Kamal Haasan and Sridevi-starrer Sadma. It is not often that a name from Bollywood makes it to the coveted list by the Akademi.

‘His voice was emphatic, but not like a cannon’

Veteran radio news broadcaster, Barun Haldar, whose composed baritone was the hallmark of precise and mannerly news reading, passes away

New York-based Falguni Shah is the first South Asian to become governor of the Recording Academy

Growing up in Mumbai, Falu would listen to her mother humming ragas. She was charmed by RD Burman and The Beatles.

Rolling Thunder Revue A Bob Dylan Story review: If you see him, say hello

Martin Scorsese plays with the Bob Dylan myth in Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, even savours it. For the fans, it will be a roller coaster ride.

Flautist Rakesh Chaurasia on handling a heavy-duty surname, blowing life into a bamboo reed and being a classical musician in contemporary times

Rakesh Chaurasia was four when he was captivated by the swirling sounds from the flute. His uncle (father’s brother), Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, was at the peak of his career then, and Rakesh heard the warm notes being created by breathing life into a bamboo reed. “

The Hard Line

Who is rapper Hard Kaur, the UK-based musician, charged with sedition and defamation?

Sattriya dancer Prateesha Suresh on keeping her form alive, and the need for platforms and funding to promote art

Sattriya was developed in the 15th century by Srimanta Sankardev, who was influenced by the then prevalent devadasi tradition, the Natya Shastra, and Odissi.

New book chronicles the journey of Indian music to the West through Lakshmi Shankar, one among the few Indian female Grammy-nominated vocalists

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.