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Akeli Dar Laage


I am not sure if ‘all-time favorite’ would be an appropriate term to describe those pieces of recorded music that journey with you for decades through the labyrinthine twists and turns of one’s life. But for lack of a better term, I would put it...

Thumri Festival in Delhi.


A two day festival dedicated to thumri ! Accompanying me will be Aneesh Pradhan (tabla) and Sudhir Nayak (harmonium) And my photograph in the poster appears courtesy Nitin Joshi. Thanks, Nitin.

Osho on Guru Purnima


“Guru is like full moon and disciple is like Ashadh (the month of clouds and rains). The moon of Sharad Purnima is beautiful because it is in the empty sky. There is no disciple then, the Guru is alone. If the same beauty happens in...

To acknowledge or not to acknowledge? – Back to back on radio


“Sirf hungama khada karna mera maqsad naheen, Saari koshish hai ke ye soorat badalni chahiye”  (Quoted from Dushyant Kumar’s – “Ho gai hai peer parvat si, pighalni chaahiye”. To me, it seems to be a fairly simple issue. A huge chunk of content played on...

Saida Begum – Voice for and of the wounded


Inherent in the power of music is its instrinsic ability to communicate as few other mediums can. You could be a complete stranger to a musician, and yet their music will touch and move those depths of your being that you have so carefully hidden...

On creative collaboration


I am a student of voice and I have been studying voice in the Hindustani classical tradition for over 30 years now. However, I remain curious about music and the use of voice in all systems and traditions, and in new trends too. And I...

Whose archive is it anyway?


ख़रीद फ़रोख़्त का ज़माना है, यारों और इस दौर में सब कुछ बिकाऊ है । बस ख़रीदने वाला एक अच्छा सा ग्राहक चाहिये । ज़रा से हाथ-पाँव मारो, एक दो इश्तिहार छपवा दो बड़े से किसी अख़बार में – बस, ग्राहक अपने आप खिंचा चला...

My land, my state


I meant to write about something else this fortnight but then you see, I got all busy and worked up trying to figure out these new immigration laws that us Indian, but non-Maharashtrian, musicians have to deal with sooner or later. I mean, now that...

Eeks! Look what I found!


I dubbed a film song composed by Adnan Sami some months ago, and heard in the passing that it was for a Vikram Bhatt film called “1920”. I presumed then that I was asked to dub possibly because I had started sounding like I was...

One challenge too many !


Please be warned that the contents of this column may prove to be distasteful for persons with strong olfactory responses and delicate constitutions. Any offence or distress caused is totally unintentional because my purpose in writing this piece is solely to draw attention to at...