Adopting the language of 12th century vachanas, S. Anand has a dialogue with Gauri Lankesh. He tells her how wolves whistle over the stilled lioness.
A poem for our times
A Bhairavi thumri, as sung by the reclusive Anjanibai Malpekar, the unsung queen of the genre, who taught many later stars of the Hindustani classical world, including Begum Akhtar, Kumar Gandharva and Kishori Amonkar
The celebration of the union of the soul of a deceased pīr with the beloved Pathanay Khan, a wandering singer from the Thal desert of Pakistan, sings this ‘kafi’ by Shah Hussein in raag Des with such affection and feeling that even I can understand Punjabi with the music and […]
S. Anand listens closely and intently to Kumar Gandharva breeze through Nirbhay Nirgun and marvels at how breath can be held with just one lung
The author marvels at a sculpture of Varaha nuzzling the earth’s breast, then runs into three Muslim men quenching a cow’s thirst, and wonders why we see things the way we do.