A landmark year for music, 1968 gave the world spectacular albums like The Beatles’ White Album and Simon and Garfunkel’s soundtrack for The Graduate that will remain forever young.
Musicians in many African countries are in the vanguard of popular struggles, not only providing a symbolic soundtrack but marching on the frontline and leading social movements.
If nothing else, growing old does finally answer the question which troubled the song-writer all this while – of how it will be to grow old.
Exactly 50 years ago, a young reporter got a once in lifetime chance to sneak into Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh and meet The Beatles.
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela made an impact across the world during his decades-long musical career.
Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as ‘Soweto Blues’, a song which became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement.
For comedians, 2017 has been a breakthrough year, when they didn’t shy away from taking down the rich, the famous and the powerful.
The protest song ‘Malcolm’s gone’ not only pays tribute to one of the most influential black leaders, but provocatively likens him, as a Muslim and so-called enemy of the state, to Jesus Christ.
Threats, Online Abuse and Lack of Information Are ‘Special Challenges’ Faced By Kashmiri Journalists
A new report from the International Federation of Journalists has talked about the continuing challenges faced by journalists living and working in the Valley.
Musicians in Gujarat are committed to “break down the walls” of hate built by opportunistic politics between religious communities.
The 74-year-old singer died on December 6, 2017.
Daniel Langthasa is using his music to protest the state government’s silence on the looming financial distress in Assam’s Dima Hasao district.
There has been a revival of Pakistani films of late but not of film music.
Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. A year on, we remember his music for capturing some of the tumult and ecstasy the world is caught in.
Carnatic music vocalist T.M. Krishna on receiving the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration, his latest music video ‘Privacy Matters’, his opposition to Aadhaar and the progressive Uniform Civil Code draft.
As the 50th anniversary of their India stay approaches, Paul Saltzman, who was also at the ashram they went to, remembers a bunch of really cool guys.
The energy that buoyed Girja Devi’s creativity as well as her magical execution of thumri and khayal emerged out of the mehfils.
Girija Devi’s incisive voice invariably rang strong and true when she took to the stage, carrying with it the wisdom and experience of a lifetime spent with music.
Girija Devi, one of the foundational figures of Banaras and Senia gharana died on Tuesday in Kolkata after a cardiac arrest.
Dapu, a living heritage, is the only singer who has been singing from within the bustling fort premises for the last 25 years.
Privacy is a space for art, for creativity in dignity; a space where every aspect of being – physical, intellectual, emotional and sexual – is liberated.
Despite being the only community to preserve Rajasthani traditions, the Manganiyars have lived with fear, exploitation and thwarted aspirations.
In Gabon, rap has become instrumental in constructing political identity.
Petty, best known for his roots-infused rock music, carved a career as a solo artist as well as with his band The Heartbreakers and as part of supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.
From Trump and Brexit to Black Lives Matter, people are recording protests around the world to create a new soundtrack of dissent.
The women’s bodies, their voices weaving in and out of each other and their comments framing their songs are living demonstration of how dominance and resistance are not distinct and monologic.
Many attempts have been made to modernise the Mahalaya, but Bengalis still retain their love for the first one recorded for Akashvani in 1932.
Journalist is threatened after urging people to report the sexist video on YouTube.
Apartheid restrictions and the defiant, joyful freedom of the group’s music meant gigs were scarce and the human tensions of operating in such a climate were corrosive.
Banning the game will not take away the many psychological issues that young teens are susceptible to – just the way banning heavy metal is not going to stop spree or serial killings.
Hazarika, who would have been 91 on Friday, wore many hats throughout his lifetime. What was uncanny however was his ability to bring the world to the people of Assam, long before globalisation made the word smaller.
In conversation with ethnomusicologist Prashanna Gogoi on his experiments with the Bihu.
From Gunga Jumna to Phir Subah Hogi, messages in the songs from these films resonate even today.
Singers both in India and Pakistan have found creative ways out of imposed silences on certain kinds of music to keep their art and repertoires alive.
Shanta, a sharp and witty critic, spotted the core concerns in the art and performance scene, and wrote about the issues of preserving and propagating dance and music forms.
Glen Campbell won four Grammy Awards for ‘Gentle on My Mind’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, and released over 70 albums over his 50-year career.
Siddharth Dhananjay was studying philosophy and economics in a US college when his parody rap videos went viral, winning him a plum US movie role.
Hip hop often gets a bad rap, but for therapists and teachers, it can be used as a transformative tool.
Rádio Yandê uses technology, digital media and the global reach of the internet to combat stereotypes and misconceptions about Brazil’s native communities.
The ability to sample instrumental sounds for later use and to mimic a wide range of instruments using synthesisers was not good news for professional musicians.