The international musician, about to go on a world tour, says she is all for fusion and collaboration with other artistes but not for its own sake.
Chuck Berry influenced generations of musicians, including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, acting as a bridge between the blues and rock and roll
With the rise of obscurantist forces – both from the majority and the minority – India’s assimilative cultural traditions are at risk.
Basant is a season of happiness and hope, as is the raga Basant, the only raga to use all 12 notes of the scale.
Researchers have done significant work to find out how music connects to our brains and how just a few notes can trigger specific responses among us.
There is a historical explanation for the appropriation of music and performance practices as part of the nationalist project in both India and Pakistan.
Born into slavery and self-taught, Greenfield forced white critics across the US to re-examine their assumptions about the abilities of African-American singers.
Yo-Yo Ma’s ‘Sing Me Home’ features tunes composed or arranged by different global artists as it examines the ever-changing idea of home.
In conversation with Bhuvanesh Komkali about what it means to be Kumar Gandharva’s grandson, why Skype isn’t the medium for teaching Hindustani Classical music and more.
By overturning the censor board’s decision on the ‘Miss You’ music video, the tribunal has set an important precedent.
Others in the cultural group have claimed that the couple’s exit is an attempt to distance themselves from controversy and avoid further problems with the police.
The singer who refused to be bound by tradition has left behind a vast body of avant-garde music, which even a quarter century after his death, remains a matter of searing debate in music circles.
Israeli aficionados of Indian classical music have invited T.M. Krishna to perform in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Sartsedt had one big hit, “where do you go to my lovely” which topped the British charts in 1969
In a country where classical music connoisseurs are dwindling and the demand for the genre is on a steady decline, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan kept the flame of his art alive with a robust vigour and peerless flair.
The well-known musicians were forced to cancel their planned appearance at Pune’s Sunburn festival because their visas to travel to Indian were rejected.
2016 has been a grim year for pop music, but the latest celebrity deaths highlight the depth of our rich popular culture.
A festival that originated to counter the cultural imperialism of the British has lost its radicalism and is at odds with the increasing push for sociocultural inclusivity today.
The US ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji delivered Dylan’s acceptance speech on his behalf at the Nobel Banquet on December 10.
Renowned jazz musician Vijay Iyer can be categorised by his distaste for categories and foremost among these is jazz itself.
Bhojpuri folksongs have evocatively captured how the lives of women are unevenly spread across two homes – naihar (natal) and sasural (that of the in-laws).
The singer and composer’s every creation and rendition challenged notions of tradition, convention and classicism that the Carnatic music world had nailed and fixed.
The veteran Carnatic music vocalist M. Balamurali Krishna, who enthralled music lovers for more than four decades, passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. He was 86 and had been ailing for some time. He was born in Sankaraguptam in the East Godavari district of what is now Andhra Pradesh in […]
RIP, Leonard Cohen, the troubadour of lost souls and interpreter of our saddest moments
On their first full-length album, the Swet Shop Boys protest racist culture and post-9/11 paranoia.
The Nobel organisation’s downplaying of Tagore’s significance as a musician is part of the same thinking that has long delayed Dylan’s receiving the prize.
Not only did Dylan address everything from politics and war to social justice and love, he also made songs longer and longer, inspiring many others.
The world needs a whole generation of young people, who refuse the diktats of family, private property and nation, to create the new road Dylan sings for with hoarse urgency.
A lot of Dylan’s music is about social change and unrest, capturing a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.
The Israeli president was fond of quoting Nissim Ezekiel’s poem in his public interactions.
Auto-Tune was originally developed as a tool in the oil exploration industry, but now it’s widely used in pop music.
Though she spent only a brief period doing films before becoming a full-time singer, acting propelled M.S. Subbulakshmi’s fame to the national stage.
The music of Hazarika defined and shaped the culture of Assam in some of its most crucial junctures.
“Power has tall citadels, culture has a level stage. The tall citadels need to be brought down; the ignored artistic traditions brought on to the proscenium stage.”
Will the founding fathers of modern rock ever give their fans the farewell tour now almost four decades overdue? A Led Zep historian considers the prospect.
Thielemans, who retired in 2014, was recovering from a broken arm in a Brussels hospital where he died on Monday morning.
Hindustani vocalist singer brothers and Padma Bhushan awardees Rajan and Sajan Mishra were also refused the same Tier 5 visa that Khan had applied for. The celebrated Indian artists were slated to perform at the annual Darbar Festival in London in September.
Donald Trump has been accused of using a ‘fascist’ Puccini aria at rallies but to label this music as ‘fascist’ is too easy and simplistic.
Is the thought of a shared space so hard to imagine that the caste/class conscious privileged must ‘leave’ in order to make way?
In the do-it-yourself world of independent music in Pakistan, a musician is not just a man with a guitar slung around his shoulder