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Friday, February 26, 2021

Suanshu Khurana


‘It’s important for the political world of today to own up to their mistakes in public’
Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Carnatic classical vocalist TM Krishna’s 'The Edict Project' will musically attempt to rediscover King Ashoka’s famed edicts -- philosophies that speak of a more humane society built on empathy and compassion

In collaboration with Indian artistes: German envoy recreates iconic Winds of Change with an Indian twist
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

Thirty years later, the song has found an Indian version as German musician and the country ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner, has collaborated with a slew of Indian artistes to present the 'Indian' Winds of Change.

You don’t need people to come forward in every field to assume there are men perpetrating violence against women: Anoushka Shankar
Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Anoushka shares her thoughts on understanding technology during the pandemic, working on the score of Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy and how sexual harassment in the world of music needs to be tackled

Why Vivek Gomber keeps producing Chaitanya Tamhane’s award-winning films
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Gomber was so impressed by the Marathi director’s passion and eye for detail that he offered him Rs 15,000 a month to help him earn a living from projects he cared about

S P Balasubrahmanyam: Sang for 4 generations of heroes, will be remembered for 7 generations
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Widely believed to be one of the finest male playback singers, Balasubrahmanyam had a 50-year career and transcended language barriers by singing in 16 of them including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil.

SP Balasubrahmanyam’s velvety voice was unpretentious and yet grand
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Widely held as one of the finest male playback singers, SP Balasubrahmanyam in his 50-year-long career transcended language barriers by singing in 16 of them including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil among others. He found success in the Hindi film industry and a lot more than just success in south Indian film music.

As students leave, Dhrupad institute says reconstituting probe panel
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Days after The Indian Express reported allegations of sexual harassment against Ramakant and Akhilesh Gundecha, notable names in the classical musical form of Dhrupad, six of the 24 students left the gurukul.

Is the guru-shishya parampara still relevant in Indian classical music?
Mon, Sep 07, 2020

The centuries-old tradition is changing as it copes with the onslaught of technology and a change in its lopsided power dynamics

Gundecha brothers caught in sexual abuse row, Dhrupad Sansthan probes
Sat, Sep 05, 2020

The Sansthan said the committee would “strive to deliver justice without prejudice”, adding, "A safe environment and impartial teaching have always been the paramount concern at Dhrupad Sansthan."

Are software algorithms racist and sexist?
Mon, Aug 24, 2020

A new film by Shalini Kantayya examines the biases inherent in artificial intelligence programmes and why they are lethal for civil rights.

Pandit Jasraj (1930-2020): From up among the pantheon, he brought classical music to everyone
Tue, Aug 18, 2020

When the history of classical music is written, Pandit Jasraj will be remembered as the gold standard of male voices in a generation of vocalists that included Kishori Amonkar and Girija Devi.

How Chaitanya Tamhane broke India’s 19-year hiatus at the Venice International Film Festival with ‘The Disciple’
Sun, Aug 16, 2020

The National Award-winning Marathi director on his Venice-bound second film and being mentored by Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón

Poet Rahat Indori, who tested positive for Covid, dies of cardiac arrest at 70
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Indori was one of the most famous Urdu poets in the country at present. He could fill up auditoriums and deliver rousing poetry in mushairas that people would line up for.

Mukund Lath (1937-2020): ‘Thought of tradition, modernity in a continuum’
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Lath, a scholar, philosopher, musicologist and cultural historian, died in Jaipur on Thursday. He was 83.

Explained: Who was ‘Black Mozart’, and why was calling him that problematic?
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

French musician Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the first black classical composer in history, is known to have influenced the famed Austrian, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, earning him the sobriquet, ‘Black Mozart’. Saint-Georges is the subject of an upcoming American biopic.

Why an Italian pianist has been archiving music composed by prisoners in World War II concentration camps
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Francesco Lotoro: “Music kept them alive. It was to preserve and assert their humanity"

Amala Shankar — a brilliant dancer who took on the hard work of disseminating dance pioneer Uday Shankar’s legacy
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

We look back at a life in dance, one that was always overshadowed by that of her husband and renowned dancer Uday Shankar but was a rare manifestation of an emerging India that represented passion paired with the complex study of an art form

Neeraj Pandey is navigating the tough Bollywood landscape with heartwarming lyrics
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

More recently, Neeraj Pandey’s work in filmmaker Hardik Mehta’s Kamyaab, the Sanjay Mishra-starrer that was a tribute to the abandoned memory of character artistes of Hindi cinema, drew attention.

The girl who sings Mozart, in sargam
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Hindustani classical vocalist Samadipta Mukherjee, 22, on singing Mozart’s famed Symphony No 40 using the Indian notation (sargam) phraseology to become a social media sensation and finding appreciation from melody queen Lata Mangeshkar

Saroj Khan, the one who danced to live
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

Remembering the iconic choreographies of Saroj Khan, the 'masterji' who changed the landscape of Bollywood dance.

Meet Farrukh Jaffer, the 88 year old from Lucknow behind Gulabo Sitabo’s Fatto Bi
Sat, Jun 27, 2020

The actor, one of the first female voices of AIR Lucknow, talks about her love for the camera

Amid the pandemic, the world turned to arts — earnestly, urgently and even as a remedy
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

In all the science, numbers and politics surrounding the virus, the one thing that has been a significant source of comfort is the arts. Music and dance have given a sense of self-awareness, community, identity and solidarity.

Gulabo Sitabo music review: Let’s break the rules
Thu, Jun 11, 2020

The score of Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo is tender and edgy, and looks at life’s spiritual journey through melodic structures that are quirky and full of nuance.

‘Supremely gifted composer-singer… with fresh sound’
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

One half of the duo, Wajid Khan, the younger of the two brothers, died late Sunday. He was 42.

Meet the original Gulabo and Sitabo — two glove puppets from UP
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

Gulabo and Sitabo are the heroines from glove puppetry theatre’s glorious days. The title of Shoojit Sircar’s film of the same name, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, has brought this age-old folk art form from Uttar Pradesh under the spotlight, possibly giving it hope for revival.