Sunday ‘baithak’ with Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai’s NCPA

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

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Like Vidya Balan, this melody from ‘Tumhari Sulu’ stands out too

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

Thinking of Mehdi Hassan’s ghazals in Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village

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