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.
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.