Suanshu Khurana

Articles By Suanshu Khurana

A look at Zubin Mehta’s life

On Sunday, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘music director for life’, Zubin Mehta, retired after 50 years. A look at the maestro’s life

Explained: Zubin Mehta, the man and what he means to music

Iconic conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharonic Orchestra's ‘Music Director for Life’ retired on Sunday after a 50-year-tenure.

Saxophonist, who raised the bar for Carnatic music, dies at 69

It is not often that a musician devotes a lifetime integrating a western instrument into an extremely traditional and strict system of classical music. Kadri Gopalnath took along with him the rigid system of Carnatic classical music and improvised alongside.

A knock at the locked door

Sangeet Natak Akademi’s new documentary attempts to catch sight of India’s own Greta Garbo, the reclusive musician and teacher Annapurna Devi, who passed away last year.

Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Bapu’s life was dotted with music

The Mahatma’s connection with the seven notes of the musical scale remained significant. Just like the one with the dream of a free India.

A new documentary chronicles the journey of rock ‘n’ roll in India

The eight-chapter documentary also follows the bands of the ’90s — Parikrama, which opened for Iron Maiden, and Indian Ocean, that was doing rock music in Hindi.

Child prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram on being the ‘world’s best’

Child prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram on his sights on a journey to the moon to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

Film industry does not believe in preserving own heritage: Filmmaker who found Sahir’s nazms in scrap

Sahir Ludhianvi’s writings — nazms, letters, photographs — were recently found at a junk shop amid a dump of magazines and newspapers in Mumbai’s Juhu.

The life, love and poetry of Amrita Pritam

She wrote about female sexuality, self-realisation and the pain of loss at a time when women mostly wrote on conservative themes. Remembering the rebellion of poet Amrita Pritam, who would have turned 100 yesterday

Khayyam: The legend who marched to his own tune

Legendary composer Khayyam, who passed away on Monday, always chose melody over populism, with his music rooted in Hindustani classical tradition

Mohammed Zahur “Khayyam” Hashmi: ‘He created songs and melodies like a craftsman carves wood and stone’

Mohammed Zahur Hashmi, or Khayyam, the composer who took us through that journey and many others, died Monday due to septicemia and lung infection in Mumbai.

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.