Category Archives: Music

Remembering M.S.

MS-SubbulakshmiM.S. Subbulakshmi has inspired many generations, through her divine voice and her rare qualities of humility, compassion discipline and principles of conduct. Her quest for perfection and sincerity of effort were not reserved for the stage. Her own simple lifestyle and donation of most of her earnings to charity were the testament to the person she was. Continue reading

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Injustice, art, sacrifice

When they boast that, great inventions are by-products of wars, they forget to mention that, great artworks are by-products of anger against injustices and cruelties. Picasso’s “Guernica” was powerful because he was deeply moved by the atrocities of Spanish fascism. Vijay Tendulkar became one of the most acclaimed playwrights of India because he dared to attack the petty chauvinism of Shiv Sena. Continue reading

Meaning of Kolaveri Di

Kolaveri means hatred, a rage to kill. This is a simple and funny heartbreak song. A song that sounds stupid at first, and then slowly, grows. The makers of the Tamil film ‘3’ have hit the right chord. They have tapped the Internet. The nature of social networks and the propensity to share things that people find interesting gives the song a wider audience.

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Remembering Kishore da

24 years ago, on this very day, Kishore da passed away. He was only 58 years old. His songs are a living testament of the legend that he was. Kishore da sang in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Oriya and many other languages. According to Pancham da- nobody could beat Kishoe da in his versatility. Here is a list of my favourite Bengali songs by Kishore da, in no particular order- Continue reading

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair is a beautiful poem and song whose authorship is often debated. Although the song is generally credited to Paul Simon. This poem has a strange meditative feeling associated with it. This certainly a poem which flirts with the absurd but has just the perfect amount of abstraction. Continue reading

Dharwad- where Purandara Dasa meets Kabir!

Kumar Gandharva, Basavaraj Rajguru, Puttaraj Gawai, Mallikarjuna Mansur, Gangubai Hanagal, Bhimsen Joshi, Venkatesh Kumar… The list of musical supremos from Dharwad is endless. But how did Dharwad, a small poor man’s town in Karnataka become the hub of Hindustani and Carnatic music? Continue reading

The power of Indian music

A raga a day keeps the doctor away. There live some pied pipers in India who believe in the self healing nature of human body. For thousands of years they have used ragas to cure people from unrecoverable fatal diseases. Read my latest article on the-NRI