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Rahul Gandhi condoles demise of Shiv Kumar Sharma, says music has lost a maestro
India

Rahul Gandhi condoles demise of Shiv Kumar Sharma, says music has lost a maestro

Shiv Kumar Sharma is one of India's most well known classical musicians

Weaving ragas into orchestral symphonies: Violinist L Subramaniam on his process, training, and legacy
Arts & Culture

Weaving ragas into orchestral symphonies: Violinist L Subramaniam on his process, training, and legacy

“Sitting down to write a piece of music is a foreign concept to me. To me, the music just floods my senses, and I can hear the instruments play to form a melody," says L Subramaniam.

Inside the lesser known tradition of Punjab's classical music, from Harballabh music festival to the Patiala gharana
Arts & Culture

Inside the lesser known tradition of Punjab's classical music, from Harballabh music festival to the Patiala gharana

The widespread public misconception that Punjab has not much to offer in classical art traditions is so far from the truth. A robust and flourishing classical music scene is part of this state’s past and present.

Father, a strict traditionalist, has always believed in adapting to change: Sarod players Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash
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Father, a strict traditionalist, has always believed in adapting to change: Sarod players Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash talk about their relationship with their father, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, their outlook towards the world of music and their recent collaborative project - ‘We For Love’.

In Finding the Raga, Amit Chaudhuri reflects on his experiences with the learning, practice and thinking of Khayal
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In Finding the Raga, Amit Chaudhuri reflects on his experiences with the learning, practice and thinking of Khayal

Chaudhuri's essays are autobiography, poetry, history, musicology flitting in and out, drawing from each other.

Chaitanya Tamhane's The Disciple foregrounds the fundamental universal conditions of man as artist
Entertainment

Chaitanya Tamhane's The Disciple foregrounds the fundamental universal conditions of man as artist

In its depiction of the quest, not always hopeful, and ultimate non-success of its protagonist, a Hindustani classical vocalist, The Disciple projects a relentless, dull and gritty unrest.

What makes Chaitanya Tamhane's The Disciple an unprecedented onscreen study of Indian classical music
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What makes Chaitanya Tamhane's The Disciple an unprecedented onscreen study of Indian classical music

Many films approach classical music or the musician as sacred – invariably rendering the portrayal hackneyed. Chaitanya Tamhane’s film brings the focus back on the mundane and the routine.

Ire against folk singer's win in Bengali reality show is reminder that folk music is still viewed as 'poor country cousin'
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Ire against folk singer's win in Bengali reality show is reminder that folk music is still viewed as 'poor country cousin'

Folk music carries within it a cultural context that makes it an uneasy fit in a talent show format, where versatility across genres is key.

A year since India's COVID-19 lockdown, an overview of how artists and cultural institutions navigated a crisis
Arts & Culture

A year since India's COVID-19 lockdown, an overview of how artists and cultural institutions navigated a crisis

Reviewing a year since nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in culture coverage at Firstpost. Part 1 looks at how artists and institutions responded to the crisis.

#MeToo case at Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan deepens as students allege mishandling of sexual harassment plaints
India

#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'
Lifestyle

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

Dhrupad Sansthan in sexual misconduct row; Akhilesh Gundecha steps down amid harassment allegations
India

Dhrupad Sansthan in sexual misconduct row; Akhilesh Gundecha steps down amid harassment allegations

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
Arts & Culture

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
Arts & Culture

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
Arts & Culture

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”.

Pandit Jasraj, Indian classical vocalist and Padma Vibhushan awardee, passes away at 90
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Pandit Jasraj, Indian classical vocalist and Padma Vibhushan awardee, passes away at 90

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
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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.

Geometry sings the blues in Indian-American mathematician's radical new music system
long-reads

Geometry sings the blues in Indian-American mathematician's radical new music system

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
Life

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
Life

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.