Suanshu Khurana

Articles By Suanshu Khurana

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.

The man who walked alone

Sangeeta Dutta’s documentary, Birds of Dusk, gives an insight into the life and work of the late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh.

Rhythm Divine

At a sold-out concert in the Capital last week, tabla maestro Zakir Hussain proved why he is still the master of percussion

Hindustani classical singer Falguni Shah, the only Indian nominee at the Grammys, on her album inspired by her son

Growing up in Mumbai, Falguni Shah would listen to her mother humming ragas. After a few years, she found herself charmed by RD Burman’s hits and The Beatles.

Whose Song Is It Anyway?

Vande Mataram, the national song, has been a bone of contention for decades now. A battle cry for Indian independence, it compares certain qualities of the motherland with that of Goddess Durga and Lakshmi in the later paragraphs.

2018 looking back: Politics of Pop

We lost much melody with musician Annapurna Devi’s demise this year. We’ll remember it for shoddy remixes; but more importantly for musicians who raised their voices politically and became part of the #MeToo movement.

On Another Note…

Of the extremely scarce pieces, flute maestro Pannalal Ghosh, a disciple of Ustad Allauddin Khan of the Maihar gharana, created a raag named Deepawali.

Top Carnatic musicians dropped by The Music Academy from December music season over allegations

Talking about an independent probe into the matter, N Murali, president of the Madras Music Academy, said it was not possible.

Seeking Annapoorna Devi

I never met the reclusive musician. Yet she opened up her world to me

Annapurna Devi: An Unheard Melody

Legendary musician Annapurna Devi passed away at 91, leaving behind a rich legacy. We speak to musicians about her music and life.

Hindustani music loses a note: Annapurna Devi, 91

She has left behind only a handful of things — a covertly-made recording of raag Maanj Khamaj and the brooding notes of raag Kaushiki which have been floating around on YouTube.

Notes from behind a locked door

Only a few come this far, dogged music lovers who heard, on a cold winter morning, a scratched record of Annapurna Devi playing Raga Kaushiki and could never forget.

The man who knew the past

Author Pran Nevile, the Lahori in India, passed away on Thursday at 95. In his last interview to The Indian Express, he spoke of his long association with Naina Devi and Begum Akhtar, anti-nautch movement, and how it’s time to accord respect to courtesans

Singer Kailash Kher, Grammy winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt face accusation

Speaking with The Indian Express over phone from Istanbul, where she is shooting a music video, Mohapatra said she posted her allegation to “corroborate stories of the two women he (Kher) was refuting”.