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Unabashedly loony: Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

Unabashedly loony: Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

Karan Kulkarni composes a soundtrack that perfectly mirrors the spoofy, unabashedly loony nature of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (MKDNH). For a large part, two of the most “regular” sounding songs both involve the fabulous sounding debutant singer Kamakshi Rai. Incidentally, it’s one of the many high points of the ...

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Art as a passion Vs. contest

They are human too - The Hindu

Does art matter so much? I recently came across a quote from Phylicia Rashad, celebrated American actor, which said that art is so fundamental to human expression as evidenced by how children sing before they speak, draw before they write, and dance before they start walking. I am in rainy ...

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Mahadevan — classicist, who also rocked

Mahadevan — classicist, who also rocked

Thirai Isai Thilakam K.V. Mahadevan’s 101st year was marked by a programme titled ‘Oru Naal Poduma,’ organised by Y.G. Mahendra at Vani Mahal. The huge turnout was testimony to the popularity of KVM’s songs, so many years after his death. But how did the title Thirai Isai Thilakam come about? ...

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When Agam met Ranjani and Gayatri

When Agam met Ranjani and Gayatri

Genre mashups not only define contemporary musical culture, they are the way forward for musicians and bands constantly in experimental mode. Taking a cue from the way Metal meets Mozart in the West, in India too, ragas and rock seem to make a popular combination. Though there are many bands ...

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Sandeep Narayan’s emotion-filled singing – The Hindu

Sandeep Narayan’s emotion-filled singing - The Hindu

Sandeep Narayan is one of the popular Carnatic vocalists of the day. His major asset is his voice, which has the right proportion of azhutham as well as the capacity to handle brigas with clarity. With his growing repertoire, Sandeep presented a soulful concert at the youth hostel auditorium in ...

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Essence of oneness – The Hindu

Essence of oneness - The Hindu

Nizami Bandhu from the Sikandra Gharana boasts of a 750-year-old legacy. Led by Ustad Chand Nizami with Shadab Faridi Nizami and Sohrab Faridi Nizami, the artisteswill perform at a fund raiser for the Indian Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in Bengaluru on March 22. “We will perform songs by Bulleh ...

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Interview with Kerala singer Arunaja on her debut track ‘Broken’

Interview with Kerala singer Arunaja on her debut track ‘Broken’

Give Broken, Arunaja’s debut track, a listen and you’ll be transported to a time when you were urging yourself to overcome the likes of a loss or a heartbreak. Perhaps that’s why in just a week, the video already has over 1.5 million views on YouTube alone. With her ear-pleasing ...

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Essence of oneness – The Hindu

Essence of oneness - The Hindu

Nizami Bandhu from the Sikandra Gharana boasts of a 750-year-old legacy. Led by Ustad Chand Nizami with Shadab Faridi Nizami and Sohrab Faridi Nizami, the artisteswill perform at a fund raiser for the Indian Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in Bengaluru on March 22. “We will perform songs by Bulleh ...

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Musical takeover – The Hindu

Musical takeover - The Hindu

A few months ago, Bengaluru-based musician Vishnu Ravindran was watching an interview by comedian Joe Rogan with Elon Musk, where the latter confirms the idea that human civilization will see its apocalyptic conclusion if machines are made at the pace it is now. Musk said machines could overtake us in ...

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Watch | How Lydian Nadhaswaram became ‘The World’s Best’

Lydian Nadhaswaram is India's musical ambassador: AR Rahman

As his fingers flew over the keys, it became clear that Lydian Nadhaswaram, the 13-year-old child prodigy from Chennai, was the favourite to win ‘The World’s Best’ global talent contest.  The Chennai youngster, who spent four years at maestro A.R. Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory and is now tutored by his ...

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