With increasing communal polarisation, the festival is an an effort by a variety of people to capture the more inclusive essence of Varanasi.
Doing away with the study of musical theory and notation will simply entrench elitism in the music world.
An event named “Tear Down This Wall” has been organised by Germany’s Dresden Symphonic Orchestra to protest against Donald Trump’s wall.
From the Herald’s 1991 archives: A candid conversation with the musical maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
By singing frankly about sex and life on the streets, the pioneering women of Rio de Janeiro’s funk scene are redefining what feminism sounds like.
A look at the artisans of Miraj in Maharashtra, known the world over for their skills in transforming the humble pumpkin into the tanpura – a musical instrument integral to performance practices in India.
The album marked a major shift from the kind of music The Beatles had made until then.
“I could never tell her that the abstraction in her music was the most captivating element for me.”
Trying to decode this beguiling hit song, which was released more than 40 years ago.
With spectacular sets and song and dance, the play presents different episodes from Gandhi’s life.
Amonkar’s performances were never bereft of brilliant passages. Because, as they say in cricket, form is temporary but class is permanent.
“My music is divine. Trying to understand it is like reaching for the sky with your feet tied to the earth. Come sit with me every day for a year, and then we’ll think of the interview”, Kishori Amonkar told me.
She was one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and as an innovative exponent of the Jaipur gharana
Susmit Bose, who was the first to sing the iconic song at a public forum, remembers how ‘We Shall Overcome’ became such a popular anthem in India.
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 […]
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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.