#MeToo case at Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan deepens as students allege mishandling of sexual harassment plaints
In a collective statement shared by some students of the Dhrupad Sansthan with Firstpost, several issues have been flagged with respect to the gurukul’s official response to the harassment allegations against Akhilesh and late Ramakant Gundecha.
On Teachers' Day, Kala Ramnath remembers Pandit Jasraj: 'Even if he was sick, he would fulfil his commitments'
'A celebrity of his stature would even remember someone whom he had met for a very brief period...He also had a great sense of humour. More than being his students, he treated us like his children,' says violinist Kala Ramnath on her guru, Pandit Jasraj
Amid allegations of sexual misconduct, aired on social media this week, Akhilesh Gundecha, a noted pakhawaj artiste, stepped down from his position at the Dhrupad Sansthan.
From Khayal gayaki's glorious past to its changing future, tracing the trajectory of this ancient form of classical music
The story of Khayal's origin meanders just like the interpretative practice it calls for. The art form is ailed by growing commercialisation and a decrease in innovation, but practitioners are hopeful that a new generation of musicians will expand its scope
Pandit Jasraj's students highlight the maestro's legacy with stories of his compassion and generosity
Pandit Jasraj was not just musician extraordinaire, but also a humble, doting, and caring teacher. From Sanjeev Abhyankar to Kavita Krishnamurthy, his students remember their beloved Guru ji, and commemorate his profound artistic legacy.
In Film Division's 'Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj', an insight into the maestro's music and quest for the divine
Pandit Jasraj’s was a life lived in the service of his craft. As he explained in an FD film on his life: “Main sangeet ko bhagwaan hi manta hu, bhagwaan ke sabse kareeb manta hun”.
In a career spanning eight decades, Pandit Jasraj has been awarded numerous accolades and titles. He is credited to bring to the fore the unique and distinct style of the Mewati gharana to the world of Hindustani classical music.
On identifying ragas, and how the intoxicating and often frustrating challenge for a lay listener can become an obsession
Raga is a crest jewel in the world of melody, each raga offering possibilities for endless exploration with their limited melodic material.
Several compositions on a CD, to be released on January 17, exemplify how the framework transcends civilisational genres of East and West
Remembering Ramakant Gundecha, the classical music virtuoso who took Dhrupad tradition to the world with his brother
Dhrupad virtuoso Ramakant Gundecha, 58, passed away in Bhopal following a heart attack on Friday. His departure leaves behind a void in the world of Indian classical music at large, and in the layered and nuanced tradition of Dhrupad music, in particular.
Once you start to play the music, all that you prepare at home is irrelevant: Israeli saxophonist Yuval Cohen
Ahead of his performance at the NCPA International Jazz Festival, Israeli soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen spoke to Firstpost about his experience of being in India, his influences and composition and improvisational processes, and the Israeli jazz scene.
Shubha Mudgal on her debut work of fiction, Looking for Miss Sargam, and the real-life inspirations behind it
Shubha Mudgal's debut work of fiction — Looking for Miss Sargam: Stories of Music and Misadventure, a collection of short stories, steers clear of stereotypes and happy endings, and are instead, realistic accounts of classical musicians of our times.
Poignant Song: Lakshmi Shankar's biography is affectionate but let down by its ordinary, casual storytelling
Lakshmi Shankar’s life holds great interest and Poignant Song outlines its broad contours, but the picture that emerges has not the excitement of light and shade, or depth and perspective.
Leslie Howard on two-piano concerts, playing in India and being the only person to record the entire works of Liszt
Pianism is a dying tradition, says Leslie Howard, as fewer students and quality performers are emerging as the years go by
Pritam added that the raag-based traditional song 'Ghar More Pardesiya's evoked apprehension within him since he was not sure he would be able to pull it offa.
It does not have the tag of "the biggest" or "the music festival in town" because the town is only Varanasi. The ‘Dhrupad Mela’, however, is among the most joyous celebrations of Dhrupad.
Sound of music: With inadequate arrangements at Indian classical music concerts, what's lost in transmission?
The inadequacy of sound arrangements in classical music concerts is a fact reinforced too often.
How India's longest living festival of Hindustani classical music, Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, came to be
Few music festivals can claim to reflect the changes in India through the 20th century the way the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan — which began as a musical tribute to a saint in 1875, complete with a yagna and havan — can.
An homage to Abbaji: Zakir Hussain's upcoming concert celebrates the legacy of the legendary Ustad Allarakha
Ustad Allarakha (1919-2000) had a brilliant performing career and was a serious teacher; many of his disciples are today’s leading lights in the world of tabla artistry
Carnatic music in all its aspects is on display during Chennai's “December Season”, or “Margazhi” as it is called in Tamil