Ajay Mankotia
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English   |   Bangla

The writer is an author, former revenue official, former NDTV executive and a music aficionado.

ART & CULTURE

 |   11-minute read

Remembering Naushad: The music director beyond compare

Naushad passed away on May 5, 2006 - 15 years ago. But old masters never die. The music lovers and connoisseurs still adore him. Like a diamond, a genius is forever.

VARIETY

 |   5-minute read

Remembering Soli Sorabjee and his role as an ombudsman

The eminent jurist was also an impartial ombudsman for a TV news channel. Defending freedom of the press and censorship for decades, he was the ideal man for the job.

VARIETY

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The unsung hero: Michael Collins was a man on a mission

Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 Command and Service Module, died on April 28 at the age of 90.

ART & CULTURE

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How vicarious songs came to the aid of bashful actors in Hindi films

How should the budding romance between the protagonists be depicted on screen, when the script forbids them from directly doing so? Enter buskers and vicarious music to aid.

VARIETY

 |   12-minute read

ART & CULTURE

 |   11-minute read

Mahendra Kapoor: The playback singer who did not need a sound system

January 9, 2021 marks the 86th birth anniversary of the singer who owned the bastion of patriotic and religious songs in Bollywood

ART & CULTURE

 |   7-minute read

Remembering Noor Jehan, Malika-e-Tarannum

On her 20th death anniversary, we remember Pakistani singer and actress Noor Jahan, a shared heritage between our two countries who shall always be loved and revered.

ART & CULTURE

 |   10-minute read

Usha Mangeshkar: The voice of goddess and poor man's Lata

Usha Mangeshkar, who turns 85 on December 15, will always remain the irreplaceable voice of Goddess Santoshi Maa. Her voice works for large religious gatherings, demanding attention from all devotees.

ART & CULTURE

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The magic of Farida Khanum, the Queen of Ghazal

Farida Khanum wears the title of Queen of Ghazal with panache. Every song of hers bears her unique identity and soul.

ART & CULTURE

 |   11-minute read

50 years of The Beatles split: Why even the gods couldn't prevent it

This year marks the 50th year of The Beatles' break-up, which even the gods could not prevent.