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Chitra Srikrishna on the wisdom of the Bhakti mystics

Chitra Srikrishna on the wisdom of the Bhakti mystics

Kabir’s doha Ghat Ghat Mein Panchi in the melodious voice of Hindustani musician Kishori Amonkar reverberates through the room. I close my eyes, a warm kurta that I’d been ironing still in my hands, and let the music flow over me. Just then my phone rings. It’s my daughter upset ...

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Adele confirms split from husband Simon Konecki | music

Adele confirms split from husband Simon Konecki | music

Adele and her husband Simon Konecki have separated. The pop singer’s representatives Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh confirmed the news Friday in a statement to The Associated Press. “Adele and her partner have separated,” the emailed statement said. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ...

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The past, present and future of dhrupad

The past, present and future of dhrupad

Like many children who learn Hindustani classical music, Pandit Uday Bhawalkar began with khayal. Hailing from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, he enjoyed his training. When he was 15, he read about the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal, and applied for its course without any specific ambition or planning. “Sometimes, these impromptu acts ...

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An ode to the sarod queen

An ode to the sarod queen

The Sharan Rani Foundation celebrated the 90th birth anniversary of the Padma Bhushan Awardee Late Guru Sharan Rani Mathur at the India International and awarded the Sharan Rani Samman for lifetime achievement in the field of music to Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. The award is established in the name of ...

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A meeting of two great ancient cultures: Deborah Cheetham

A meeting of two great ancient cultures: Deborah Cheetham

For someone of her stature, one expects Deborah Cheetham to have chip on her shoulder. But, she turns out to be extremely grounded. A soprano, composer, actor, and playwright, Cheetham is as humble as the aboriginal culture she was taken away from and later came back to. “They say, ‘give ...

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When the beats go live

When the beats go live

If you were at the Nritya Showcase at Olive Bistro earlier this year, you may have seen Yung Raj drop some impressive tunes through his effervescent and expressive beatboxing. “That was a really great gig!” he says recalls gleefully, “There was a lot of cool visual art around and the ...

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Doordarshan is giving a leg-up to independent bands

Doordarshan is giving a leg-up to independent bands

In July 2018, Bengaluru blues rock band, Out Of Office, got an email from an unlikely source — national broadcaster Doordarshan. DD National was in the process of shortlisting artistes for their new programme called Rock the Night, which aimed to showcase the stories and songs of India’s independent artistes. ...

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Zohran Mamdani on working with Madhur Jaffrey

Zohran Mamdani on working with Madhur Jaffrey

Zohran Kwame Mamdani’s octogenarian nani is an absolute boss. So much so that when the lady in question, Praveen Nair, was hanging with the up-and-coming Ugandan-American hip-hop star and his sisters two years ago, Zohran just started freestyling “like an idiot about my nani. Weeks passed and I couldn’t shake ...

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Guru Randhawa-Pitbull song Slowly Slowly brings the party to town. Watch video | music

Guru Randhawa-Pitbull song Slowly Slowly brings the party to town. Watch video | music

Punjabi singer Guru Randhawa’s new song Slowly Slowly, made in collaboration with international singer Pitbull is out and shows the two singer grooving together to Punjabi beats. The song was much-anticipated as one of their first collaborations that also marks T-Series’ arrival on the global stage. Pitbull has earlier worked ...

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Resmi Sateesh on her band’s first single

Resmi Sateesh on her band’s first single

‘Ente vaaku tholkkilledo…. Ente pattu tholkkilledo’ (My words will not fail…my song will not fail). These lines by Kannan Siddharth from his poem ‘Padupattu’ is against all forms of autocracy. At a time when voices of dissent are suppressed by those in power, Kannan reminds that you can’t silence them ...

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