Dhrupad, across borders: American musician Jody Stecher on learning under ZM Dagar, taking up the sursingar
Jody Stecher is one of the very few Dhrupad exponents of the sursingar, the baritone predecessor of the sarod. His collection of instruments also features the beautiful sursingar that originally belonged to Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, his guru
My brother, the maestro: Dhrupad meant everything to Ramakant Gundecha; so did the pursuit of excellence
I can say with confidence that my brother Ramakant Gundecha's biggest dream and singular passion — of training professional Dhrupad artists and enthusiasts — has come to fruition and will continue to grow beyond his wildest dreams | Akhilesh Gundecha writes
Sitar meets metal in Rishabh Seen's genre-blending band, whose debut album is autobiographical, melodic
Rishabh Seen discusses the eponymous debut album of his band Sitar Metal, and the differences and similarities between the two genres of music that he works with
Music on her brain: Deepti Navaratna on how she brings together her love for classical music and neuroscience
Growing up in south Bengaluru, Deepti Navaratna was encouraged to pursue music from a very young age, gaining a certain mastery over the classical art form. Even when she became a neuroscientist and a faculty member at the prestigious Harvard Medical School, music remained Navaratna's love throughout
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.
Arati Ankalikar on the importance of hard work, gurukul, and the listeners Hindustani classical music deserves
Arati Ankalikar — the two time National Award-winning Hindustani classical vocalist — talks about what makes one an ideal student, her journey with the musical greats, and why Hindustani classical music deserves "good" listeners.
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.
The Chitra Sutra says that one can only be painter if you are also a musician, a dancer and a sculptor. S Rajam was possibly the ideal painter, as envisioned in this ancient text from which he himself drew inspiration for his art.
“Raga pianist” Utsav Lal joins the long list of musicians gripped with an obsession to make European instruments sing ragas — only it is not any European instrument but what may be called their king: the piano.
Namita Devidayal's book on sitar virtuoso Ustad Vilayat Khan is a portrait of the man, and the musician
Author-journalist Namita Devidayal's latest book The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan attempts to 'create an impressionistic fluid portrait — of a magnificent artiste and a fragmented human being.'
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, his sons Amaan and Ayaan on the guru-shishya tradition, the pull of instrumental music
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his two sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash represent the gharana of musicians who are often credited with inventing the musical instrument, sarod
Carnatic music's critiques must transcend limitations of 'emoji style' of writing, engage meaningfully with performances
The point is, we have not evolved meaningful ways of talking about our music, our ragas, our alapanas, our accompaniment, our singer’s voices and timbres of instruments. Not much beyond what emojis convey; not to underrate or dismiss emojis, for where would we be without them? But in writing about music, we should hope to do more.
For Carnatic and Hindustani classical music worlds, mutual appreciation remains elusive, but isn't impossible
How can we build meaningful links between the worlds of Carnatic and Hindustani classical music?
Most people cannot accept an artist who speaks up or questions authority, TM Krishna tells Firstpost
In the wake of his New Delhi concert being cancelled by the AAI (allegedly due to threats from right-wing groups) TM Krishna dwells on the role of art — and the artist — in a democracy
Annapurna Devi's life and #MeToo reflect patriarchy's stranglehold on the world of Indian classical music
If Annapurna Devi's was the story of a musician who turned away from the world of performance, the other event of the week in the sphere of classical music, was the surfacing of a wave of #MeToo stories
Annapurna Devi would say, 'Music has real power. It can bring the rains. It can put trees on fire. It can make cows give more milk.'
Discussing #MeToo and the world of Indian classical arts, TM Krishna says, 'While there are some wonderful aspects to the guru-shishya parampara, if we do not accept that it is also a convenient platform for abuse of various forms, we are failing students'
Born in Borim, Goa, on 18 November 1934, Borkar was conferred the Padma Shri in 2016 for his contributions to Indian music.
Pt Raghunandan Panshikar talks about what it was to be trained by the legendary Kishori Amonkar for more than 20 years
Classical singer Jayateerth Mevundi explains the nuances of Kirana gharana and how some of its doyens like Ustad Amir Khan and Pt Bhimsen Joshi have had an indelible impact