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Bangladesh liberation war, East pakistan, Pt ravi shankar, George Harrison

How music influenced the War of Liberation of Bangladesh

The Concert for Bangladesh was organised at Madison Garden in New York on August 1, 1971, by George Harrison and his mentor, Pt Ravi Shankar.

ART & CULTURE

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Resul pookutty, Bollywood Music, Oscars, Arrahman

AR Rahman and the Oscars ‘curse’

When it comes to the likes of Rahman, and Pookutty, there could also be something else at play. There is a mindset that stops people from approaching artists that might simply be too good.

ART & CULTURE

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Lata Mangeshkar, Bollywood, Playback Singing, Mohammedrafi

Remembering Mohammed Rafi: The jewel of Indian music

Mohammed Rafi, who passed away on this day 40 years ago, does not deserve Bharat Ratna; the Bharat Ratna deserves him.

ART & CULTURE

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Pather panchali, Shree 420, Indiancinema

Why cinema is more than recreation

In the case of many who grew up during the early morning years of India’s freedom, cinema meant more than entertainment.

ART & CULTURE

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Zohra sehgal, Indian dance, Uday shankar, Amalashankar

Amala Shankar, 1919-2020: Danseuse par excellence

Better known as Uday Shankar's partner in life and on stage, Amala Shankar was also the mother of stage and film star Mamata and late musician Anand Shankar.

ART & CULTURE

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Hey prabhu, Girl in the city, Web series, Udaan

How Rajat Barmecha, teenage star of ‘Udaan’, came of age

His career may not have panned out as he’d dreamed but there’s no regret. Since the last five years, Rajat Barmecha says that there’s been a change in outlook.

ART & CULTURE

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Black magic woman, I shot the sheriff, Bob Dylan, Carlossantana

Carlos Santana: The man who made the guitar sing

One key to Santana's success is his unique way of reinterpreting the music of different cultures, from Latin to reggae and blues to bop.

ART & CULTURE

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Op nayyar, Nasir hussain, Backtoback songs, Bollywood

How back-to-back songs in Hindi films told a story by themselves

What better way to transition from one emotional theme to another than to have a song immediately after another with a different mood so that the differentiation becomes obvious?

ART & CULTURE

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Anu menon, Amazon prime, Vidya Balan, Shakuntaladevi

When Vidya Balan plays a human computer

The Vidya Balan-led biopic on the wondrous mathematician Shakuntala Devi will be Amazon Prime’s second Hindi release after Gulabo Sitabo.

ART & CULTURE

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Anil Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Nayak, Sooryavansham

Will nostalgia be able to beat lockdown blues?

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. However, the time in the history of the world where the bygone is recalled can do wonders.