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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Suanshu Khurana

Principal Correspondent

Ukraine wins the Eurovision Grand Prix and many hearts
Mon, May 16, 2022

After the win, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that he hoped that the next year’s final would take place in Mariupol, the Ukrainian port city that has suffered some of the most ruthless attacks of Russian invasion.

When Pasoori dancer Sheema Kermani used sari and dance to defy Zia regime in Pakistan
Sun, May 15, 2022

Kermani, trained in Hindustani classical forms in India, brought dance to people against all odds, and fought for women’s rights

What Zakir Hussain’s Farewell to Shiv Kumar Sharma says about Hindustani classical music
Sat, May 14, 2022

The tabla maestro's farewell speaks of a tradition in which faith was all about assimilation

Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, who placed santoor on the centre stage of classical music, passes away
Thu, May 12, 2022

He had been suffering from kidney-related issues for the last six months and was on dialysis. He passed away due to cardiac arrest.

Home review: Sushma Soma’s second album is an unforgettably powerful ode to the environment and its creatures
Fri, May 06, 2022

Sushma Soma's second album, Home, is one of the finest albums about environment and wildlife in a year.

Delhi: Evicted from govt housing, artistes look for place to stay
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Under the central government’s new policy of 2014, central government employees are to be given government accommodation and all quotas for artistes and sportspersons are being gradually eliminated.

Padma Shri awardee removed from govt accommodation as eviction starts
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Among them is 91-year-old Odissi dance exponent Guru Mayadhar Raut, who was awarded a Padma Shri – the country’s fourth highest civilian honour – in 2010 by the President for his significant role in giving Odissi its classical status.

To Nusrat, with love from Uttarakhand
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

Rehmat-e-Nusrat, a group of 20-somethings singing qawwali as an ode to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, often find themselves in an intertwined world of art and politics amid the music’s spirituality.

Why Stewart Copeland and the environment matter to two-time Grammy winner Ricky Kej
Fri, Apr 15, 2022

Bengaluru-based musician Ricky Kej on winning his second Grammy alongside his dream collaborator The Police drummer Stewart Copeland and being an environmental cheerleader

Giving credit is a simple courtesy. Arooj Aftab must not grudge it
Fri, Apr 15, 2022

Suanshu Khurana writes: Her rendition of a Hafiz Hoshirpuri ghazal, made immortal by Mehdi Hassan, has won a Grammy. It is only right to acknowledge its origins

Ilayaraja and his court battles explained: who owns the rights to a film song?
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Ilayaraja has challenged a single-bench order that permanently prevented him from asserting his copyright over some of his own musical work. What is the case about? Who owns a song, according to law?

Centenary: The Making of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
Fri, Apr 15, 2022

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi would have turned 100 this year. From a little boy who ran away from home to becoming a voice that remains Hindustani classical singing’s gold standard, this is the story of his extraordinary journey

Two Indians – Falguni Shah and Ricky Kej win big at the 64th Grammy Awards
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

While US-based Falguni Shah won her Grammy for the Best Children’s Album, Bengaluru's Ricky Kej won his hallowed gramophone jointly with The Police drummer Stewart Copeland for the Best New Age Album.

Explained: Who is Arooj Aftab, the first Pakistani woman to win a Grammy
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

Grammys 2022: Arooj Aftab is the "first ever female Pakistani Grammy winner", the Academy posted on its official Instagram page. Aftab released her debut album titled 'Bird Under Water' in 2014 under her own independent label.

Art may come out as a reaction to hatred but not out of fear: Muzaffar Ali
Sat, Apr 02, 2022

Muzaffar Ali on turning his Sufi festival – Jahan-e-Khusrau – into a cultural retreat this year, moving it from Humayun’s Tomb to Tijara Fort Palace for an immersive experience, his new musical ballet and the artistic expression or lack thereof in the current times

Explained: Dilip Kumar, Lata missing in Oscars In Memoriam; how are selections made for this segment?
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

The 'In Memoriam' montage at the Oscars is one of the most-watched, popular, and examined sections in the ceremony that features images and videos of those who have left an indelible mark in the world of cinema.

Ed Sheeran vs Sam Chokri: what is the copyright trial over ‘Shape of You’?
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

Grime artiste Sam Chokri and producer Ross O’Donoghue have taken British popstar Ed Sheeran to court, alleging that his most famous song – 'Shape of You' – has ripped its hook from their song 'Oh Why'.

‘Now one doesn’t have to be dependent on a filmmaker or composer to get one’s music heard’
Sat, Mar 05, 2022

Pratibha Singh Baghel is an exciting upcoming artiste who is not interested in the mainstream playback throne. She's turning to independent non-film music for success

Explained: Who is Valery Gergiev, the Russian conductor sacked by the Munich Philharmonic?
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: Famed German symphony orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, has sacked its 68-year-old principal conductor Valery Gergiev. Who is he, and how close is he to President Vladimir Putin?

Explained: Why has Heavy Young Heathens sued Olympic silver-winning figure skaters Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier?
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

The lawsuit calls the song “a very valuable licensing asset” and apart from money in damages, also asked to block any future replays as that would cause infringement by the skaters and the NBC.

Musical on Ambedkar opens in city, talks of the right to question, equality
Sat, Feb 26, 2022

In one of the scenes in director Mahua Chauhan’s 120-minute musical, Babasaheb: The Grand Musical, the stage of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium’s weightlifting auditorium is turned into Pune’s Yerwada Jail to showcase the enactment of a conversation between Mahatma Gandhi and Dr BR Ambedkar.

Bappi Lahiri (1952-2022): The man who brought disco to the mainstream in the ’80s, set feet tapping across India
Thu, Feb 17, 2022

Bappi Lahiri will forever be known as the musician who brought disco to the mainstream and catapulted the rise of it.

Sandhya Mukherjee: A legend of Bengali music who lent her voice to the cause of Bangladesh
Wed, Feb 16, 2022

Mukherjee, whose golden voice enthralled music lovers for generations, died Tuesday evening following a massive cardiac arrest. She was 90 and is survived by her daughter Soumi Sengupta.

Explained: The Lata Mangeshkar phenomenon
Thu, Feb 10, 2022

What made Lata Mangeshkar, who died on Sunday, the soundtrack for generations in the subcontinent? Exploring the musician through her songs, her commitment to perfection, and the women she gave voice to

Lata Mangeshkar’s 25 iconic songs: Meri awaaz hi pehchaan hai
Sun, Feb 06, 2022

Veteran playback singer Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last at Breach Candy hospital, Mumbai on Sunday. Here are 25 of her most iconic numbers.