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Harshdeep Kaur: This week has been crazy for me; I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed | music

Harshdeep Kaur: This week has been crazy for me; I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed | music

Singer Harshdeep Kaur’s soothing numbers such as Ik Onkar (Rang De Basanti, 2006), Kabira (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, 2013) and Dilbaro (Raazi, 2018) might be her signature, but she has never stuck to any one genre. Among the busiest singers nowadays, Harshdeep has had five songs releasing in a span ...

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Subhankar Banerjee: ‘I believe in telling a story’

Subhankar Banerjee: ‘I believe in telling a story’

A man of few words, apparently almost withdrawn and shy at 51, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee’s multifarious, imposing, tall-dark-handsome personality communicates gently but firmly through his works in the spheres of music and self-imposed commitments towards the physically challenged; with tabla as his mouthpiece, both, as a solo instrument and as ...

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Thank you for the music

Thank you for the music

Live music didn’t mean very much to me when I was growing up. In the loose, middle-class ghetto of our small Gujarati community in Kolkata there were regular bhajans and Lakshminarayan paaths which involved some religious singing; there were sugam sangeet evenings, small concerts of light Gujarati music, which bored ...

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Songs for all times – The Hindu

Songs for all times - The Hindu

The late Pandit Vinay Chandra Maudgalya, Hindustani vocalist, educationist and guru, founded the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya some seven decades ago. Among the earliest institutes to teach classical music and dance to ordinary folks in the busy national capital, it helped trigger a rich cultural scenario in Delhi from the early years ...

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Waxing without waning – The Hindu

Waxing without waning - The Hindu

Ashok Swaroop, a physician in Ajmer, has a preferred mode of payment from patients , one that will certainly raise eyebrows. “He tells them listen, ‘I want this from The Revolver Club’, so they call me and they say, ’doctor sahib needs this’,” chuckles Jude De Souza, CEO of The ...

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‘I believe in telling a story’

‘I believe in telling a story’

A man of few words, apparently almost withdrawn and shy at 51, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee’s multifarious, imposing, tall-dark-handsome personality communicates gently but firmly through his works in the spheres of music and self-imposed commitments towards the physically challenged; with tabla as his mouthpiece, both, as a solo instrument and as ...

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Sherrin Varghese’s cover video of ‘Do lafzon ki…’ breaks gender stereotypes

Sherrin Varghese’s cover video of ‘Do lafzon ki...’ breaks gender stereotypes

Do lafzon ki hai dil ki kahani…, the evergreen R.D. Burman number from The Great Gambler, immediately takes you to Venice’s Grand Canal where Amitabh Bachchan romances the glamorous Zeenat Aman on a gondola. Four decades later, singer-composer-actor Sherrin Varghese has given a new flavour to the track. He has ...

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‘Once I start playing the first few notes, I’m in my element’: Matt Savage

‘Once I start playing the first few notes, I’m in my element’: Matt Savage

A word that would probably describe jazz musician Matt Savage’s journey in music best would be ‘inspiring’. Diagnosed as autistic at the age of three, Matt could barely tolerate music, much less appreciate it as a child. He, however, went on to record his first two albums at the age ...

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I- rock and vada pavs

I- rock and vada pavs

Every year on August 15 and 16, rock fans all over the city would head to Rang Bhavan at Dhobi Talao in our black Scorpions or Pantera tees to attend the Independence Rock festival. Those magical moments sadly ended in 2004 when a second home for rock fans shut down. ...

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Aretha Franklin, undisputed Queen of Soul, dead at 76 | music

Aretha Franklin, undisputed Queen of Soul, dead at 76 | music

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think, ‘I Say a Little Prayer and her signature song, Respect, and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The ...

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