It was a Sunday morning well spent listening to a Hindustani classical recital by vocalist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai's National Centre for the Performing Arts. In a small, but cosy, musical gathering, Deshpande presented the different styles of the Todi raga that is traditionally sung during the morning hours. Todi is believed to be one of main parent scales in … Continue reading Sunday ‘baithak’ with Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai’s NCPA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS-0jES79d8 A composition rendered by independent artist Ronkini Gupta in new Bollywood film 'Tumhari Sulu' (Yours Sulu) is being rated as one of "finest pieces" heard this year. That may not be an overestimation, considering Bollywood's contemporary repertoire is mostly cacophony masquerading as music. "Rafu" (which means darning) has been composed by indie musician Santanu Ghatak, … Continue reading Like Vidya Balan, this melody from ‘Tumhari Sulu’ stands out too
The second edition of an Urdu festival in Delhi ended with a bang that I thought would make me sick with a prolonged migraine. Thankfully nothing happened to me. And yet, this morning I woke up with a bad hangover of a musical evening gone terribly out of tune. A disclaimer at the outset: I'm … Continue reading An evening of musical horror at Jashn-e-Rekhta
Music is life and life is music. Life has many notes and tunes; it can be a meditative khayal, or pensive like a ghazal, crazy like a qawwali, a carefree bhangra, or devotional as in a bhajan. "Chandrajeevan" is a new Hindi music album that has everything to do with the self, while negating the … Continue reading Music Review – “Chandrajeevan” by Sounds of Isha
I don't remember the last year I accessed porn, not only because we have a common laptop and iPad at home or simply due to lack of private space, but I have just not had the time. That's fine by me, but the same may not be true for those who have a lot of … Continue reading Why banning porn in India sucks?
On weekends and in my blogs, I often return to Delhi's Hauz Khas Village. It's one of those party jaunts you'd go to get drunk, show yourself off, maybe get hooked up, dance till you drop and blow your money over food that is simply below average. I do neither of the above, I'd like … Continue reading Thinking of Mehdi Hassan’s ghazals in Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village
For me, the introductory lilting sound of the sarod set the tone for “Piku”. The film, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is about Piku (Deepika Padukone), and her cantankerous and forever constipated father Bhaskor Banerji (Amitabh Bachchan). It's a funny film that portrays conflicts, emotions, silences, and just the right amount of music. Irrfan Khan is … Continue reading Piku’s sarod notes