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The Eternal Seeker Finds Moksha

The Eternal Seeker Finds Moksha

There is a telling anecdote about Kishori Amonkar’s early years as a classical sensation when she was rattling off the number of shows she had been booked for and her mother and guru Mogubai Kurdikar, herself a legendary disciple of Ustad Alladiya Khan’s Jaipur Atrauli gharana, heard her out and asked her if her calendar had […]






The Prince Of Change

The Prince Of Change

Prince frightened the hell out of me when I first discovered him as a teenager. His compelling androgyny baffled me. His charisma seemed almost reptilian. It drew you in its silky coils and never let go. It was dangerous. Erotic. His breathy voice leaving little shivers in its wake. And because this Prince inhabited a universe that […]






David Bowie: ‘Look Up Here, I’m In Heaven’

David Bowie:  ‘Look Up Here, I’m In Heaven’

My first introduction to the unrepeatable David Bowie was Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. A disturbing, cathartic, strangely uplifting film about war that was made in 1983  by Nagisa Oshima. Bowie played Major Jack Celliers, a mind bending war prisoner who is so free, nothing can break him. Not violence. Not torture. Not perverse mind games. […]






Azaan….

Azaan….

For some afternoons now, I have been listening to the Azaan. Its hauntingly beautiful melody floats over the houses, slips through the lanes to reach me. I don’t really know where it comes from; it doesn’t sound very near. But sound has a way of getting through. The muezzin seems to put all the power of his meditation into […]






Anand Ji: Life And Music Must Have Balance

Anand Ji: Life And Music Must Have Balance

In the days before relentless marketing made stars of one-hit wonders, there were legends like Kalyanji-Anandji pioneering live concerts all over the world, scoring thousands of hit songs in over 250 films, giving breaks to lyricists like Anand Bakshi, Gulshan Bawra, Qamar Jalalabadi, Anjaan, Verma Malik and M G Hashmat, and launching the careers of […]






Vani Jairam: Gentle But Unvanquished

Vani Jairam: Gentle But Unvanquished

During the 53rd edition of the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, veteran singer Vani Jairam was in Bengaluru to share the stage with fellow singers P Susheela and Vijay Prakash. When we caught up with the legend hours before her performance, she was struggling to find some quiet amid the din of rehearsals. Finding quietude has not been difficult […]






Sardar Anjum Departs Unsung

Sardar Anjum Departs Unsung

  Jab kabhi tera naam lete hain… dil se hum intaqam lete hain meri barbadiyon ke afsane… mere yaron ka  naam lete hain bas yahi ek jurm hai apna… hum muhabbat se kaam lete hain  har qadam par gire par seekha… kaise girton ko tham lete hain (Whenever I take your name, I put my heart through agony.. […]






The Music Of Togetherness

The Music Of Togetherness

Musicians Roopkumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod celebrated 25 years of togetherness last December and his voice softens as he says, “It is music that brought us together…the music that we eat and breathe. And the music that we live for and will die for together. But a relationship needs nurturing, compromises, space and unconditional support. […]






Still The Master Of Melody

Still The Master Of Melody

  Even in his seventies, Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma of the legendary musical team of Laxmikant Pyarelal has the cherubic innocence of a child and the effusive humility of a waterfall. He was in the city to helm a musical night organised by the Rotary Club, and when he masterfully conducted a 30-piece orchestra, memories of […]






Selvaganesh: The Chosen One

Selvaganesh: The Chosen One

Master percussionist V Selvaganesh is in the middle of a recording and the year ahead is packed with concerts in India and abroad. He was recently in Bengaluru to take part of the ninth edition of Idea Jalsa-Music For The Soul, a concert where he played with Peter Robert Lockett, an English percussionist and recording […]






Shubha Mudgal: Fearless And Free

Shubha Mudgal: Fearless And Free

When was the last time you saw a Hindustani music legend in a video that reformulated the conventions of popular and classical idioms? Chances are that the image of Shubha Mudgal orchestrating monsoon in a chawl will flash through your mind. You will remember her rousing vocals in Ab ke saawan and in Man ke […]






Talat Aziz: 34 Years Of Timelessness

Talat Aziz: 34 Years Of Timelessness

  Sometime in 2008, Talat Aziz was singing at a concert when the audience began to request a Mehdi Hassan ghazal. Hassan was grievously sick back home in Pakistan but on an impulse, Aziz called him from the stage and put the conversation on speaker mode so that the ailing maestro could hear chants of, […]






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