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ART & CULTURE

 |  9-minute read
Chitra Singh, Music, Ghazals, Jagjitsingh

Remembering Jagjit Singh: The singer who made ghazals accessible to everyone

There are singers and then there is Jagjit Singh, who remained a perfectionist till his untimely death on October 10, 2011.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
Literature, Music, Food, Mahabharat

Abiding power of soul-stirring art

Nations may boast good economics, but if the citizenry hasn’t found its artistic calling, they are incomplete.

VARIETY

 |  3-minute read
SRK, Music, Bollywood, Bhajan

The New-Age Chant: From Nita Ambani to Yogi Adityanath, how everyone is making 'bhajans' cool again

While our parents might remember buying Anuradha Paudwal cassettes, we literally have bhajans everywhere — in our WhatsApp forwards, in our music download apps and our Bollywood chartbusters.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Shorts In The Dark  |  4-minute read
Music, Soundcloud, New Delhi, Music bands

How three men are defining music in Delhi

These are men who have redefined men in a city of harshness, of unpleasantness.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Shorts In The Dark  |  4-minute read
Literature, Music, Ziro fest, Arunachal Pradesh

Of bisons, rappers and Gujju boys: Tales from Arunachal's Ziro festival

Erratic phone signals, no broadband — one enters the Ziro bubble for four days and forgets about the world.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
YouTube, Entertainment, Music, Bollywood

Old songs, new delights: How YouTube is letting fans enjoy complete versions of abridged melodies

Many old songs would have some stanzas deleted to make them fit into records. These lost stanzas are now being rediscovered.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Harmony, Amazon prime, Music, AR Rahman

AR Rahman is creating a new 'Harmony'

The artist will interview four musicians in a five-episode series in the Amazon Prime show Harmony.

VARIETY

 |  6-minute read
Birthday, Bollywood, Music, Mohammad Rafi

How Mohammed Rafi pushed boundaries and explored new frontiers with his music

During his career, Rafi not only sang in Hindi, but also in English, Dutch, Sinhalese and Arabic among many other languages.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Entertainment, Music, Bollywod, Mukesh

Why the voice of Mukesh, who sang of loss, pain and pathos, will always ring true

The legend began his career by rendering songs that sounded quite like KL Saigal’s, but emerged from that shadow soon.

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
Plagiarism, Poetry, Music, Bollywood

Tribute, inspiration, and theft: The curious case of Bollywood song lyrics

Filmy music often ‘borrows’ heavily from Urdu and Hindi classics, and folk music.