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‘It’s time for India to be an opera country’

‘It’s time for India to be an opera country’

According to Mumbai-born soprano Patricia Rozario, opera is very similar to Hindi films. Before you raise your eyebrows, she explains, “Bollywood is an exaggeration of emotion and singing with music accompaniment. Indians are already predisposed to performing opera, they just require the training and the motivation.” But she’s quick to ...

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On every birthday, I strive to be a better soul, says Sonu Nigam | music

On every birthday, I strive to be a better soul, says Sonu Nigam | music

With hundreds of songs to his credit, singer Sonu Nigam needs no introduction. Besides establishing himself as one of the most prominent singers in Bollywood, Sonu has also churned out chartbusters in the independent music arena. Ahead of his 45th birthday on July 30, we caught up with the singer ...

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I didn’t like Arijeet’s voice for Baarish, so I replaced him with someone else, reveals Tanishk Baghchi | music

I didn’t like Arijeet’s voice for Baarish, so I replaced him with someone else, reveals Tanishk Baghchi | music

Music composer Tanishk Bagchi, who is still in the early stages of his career, has worked with some of the industry’s biggest names, including Arijit Singh and Sonu Nigam. However, a singer’s reputation never affects Bagchi, and he is not afraid of choosing an unknown singer over a popular name. ...

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Tera Ghata song garners 88 million views on YouTube; the lyrics amuse social media | music

Tera Ghata song garners 88 million views on YouTube; the lyrics amuse social media | music

A new song by Gajendra Verma of the Mann Mera fame is going viral, inspiring many spoofs, and mash-ups of the original across the internet. The lyrics go something like this, “ ….. Isme tera ghata, Mera kuch nahi jata, Zyada pyaar ho jata, Toh main seh nahi pata” The ...

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Beyonce’s photo with her twins are full of love and charm | music

Beyonce’s photo with her twins are full of love and charm | music

Singer Beyonce Knowles, who never disclosed much of her private life’s details in public, has shared few pictures from her family vacation in Europe. These photos soon went viral on social media. Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z welcomed their twins in June last year, and since then Beyonce has hardly ...

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Simply subliminal! – The Hindu

Simply subliminal! - The Hindu

Technical virtuosity and speed have, in recent decades, become the norm rather than exception at classical music concerts. And this is true for both, vocal and instrumental recitals. The endless rounds of acrobatics executed without any purpose, have become the test of an impressive performance, where you do not bother ...

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An academy in memory of Mani Krishnaswamy

An academy in memory of Mani Krishnaswamy

The coastal city of Mangaluru, which once belonged to the Madras presidency for administrative reasons, has now another reason to continue its cultural relations with Chennai. It is the music of the late vocalist Mani Krishnaswamy. Mangaluru has a Carnatic music academy named after Mani Krishnaswamy. After her demise in ...

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Moving melodies – The Hindu

Moving melodies - The Hindu

The fact that music could be used to portray emotions on screen, often replacing speech, still fascinates us. From moving to manipulative, now it is almost impossible for us to imagine films without music. But there was a time when silent films were played in theatres and a live orchestra ...

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Mridangam veterans offer a rhythm feast

Mridangam veterans offer a rhythm feast

Celebrating South Indian percussion, the third edition of the Patri Drum Fest was held at the Kapaleeswara temple, Mylapore. Two concerts were staged the first day – those of senior mridanga vidwans T.K. Murthy and A.V. Anand. Every stroke resounding with the experience of a brilliant performing career spanning 80 ...

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Haimanti Sukla, Bengal’s favourite voice

Haimanti Sukla, Bengal’s favourite voice

Like each year, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards which were recently announced attracted mixed reactions. Amidst all the brouhaha, there was instant jubilation across West Bengal and beyond when Haimanti Sukla, one of modern Bengali music’s most accomplished virtuoso was named a recipient in the ‘sugam sangeet’ category. Categories are ...

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