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.
Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse, and spoke openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons.
Defying propaganda art, a few Afrikaans rockers revolted against South African military conscription in the second half of the 20th century and sparked an anti-war protest movement.
Two of South Africa’s finest musicians, Johnny Mekoa and Ray Phiri, died recently. The permeable terrain between genres their careers negotiated, is being replaced by rigid marketing categories.
Hemango Biswas’ daughter Rongili’s unique journey to Assam attempts to shed light on an era of artistes and their fearless campaign against injustices.
Titled ‘The Kaziranga Song’, the parody video’s humorous take on the continuing turmoil in Nagaland has fast become popular with a frustrated population.
As India celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr today, here are songs that draw different emotions of the festival that marks the end of Ramzan.
Tupac’s sensitivity, intelligence and creativity confronted the hostile forces that antagonised black youth across the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
Some 20 sentences from the portion of Bob Dylan’s lecture on “Moby Dick” closely resemble phrases or ideas on the SparkNotes website on the book.
“[Israeli occupation] has eroded all sense of decency and humanity and morality from people like me [Jews], who had been persecuted for over 20 centuries.”
Until recently, parai was an instrument almost always played during funeral processions – and always performed only by Dalits.
Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel prize for Literature but only delivered his Nobel lecture on June 5, 2017.
The show began with a moment of silence for the victims and saw performances from big pop acts on both sides of the Atlantic, headlined by Ariana Grande.
Modern music fans like to surround themselves with images representing their musical tastes – and so did Renaissance Italians.
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.