Ajay Mankotia
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English   |   Bangla

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

ART & CULTURE

 |   9-minute read

Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen: Hero of the working class

Bruce Springsteen's songs chronicle his working-class roots and cover social and political commentary. On September 23, 2020, he turns 71.

ART & CULTURE

 |   15-minute read

How Western music covers have yielded to a fertile, original indie music scene in India

The indie music scene is buzzing with huge potential and the future looks promising.

ART & CULTURE

 |   6-minute read

Roger Waters: The septuagenarian firebrand

Roger Waters is 77. He is still selling out concerts around the world. He is a loud voice on human rights issues — sometimes aggravating and occasionally troublemaking.

ART & CULTURE

 |   6-minute read

How Rafi, Asha and other playback singers of 50s and 60s sang jingles too

The nostalgic era of a fascinating slice of music and advertising history when many of our classic playback singers lent their voice to advertisement jingles.

ART & CULTURE

 |   12-minute read

At 62, Madonna continues to provoke

The adage goes, "women do not get to be sexual in old age". On August 16, 2020, Madonna turns 62. And she continues to provoke by daring to be an ageing woman exhibiting her desires and the need to be desired.

ART & CULTURE

 |   8-minute read

Happy Birthday, Mark Knopfler: The Sultan of Swing

Mark Knopfler — born on August 12, 1949 — made a massive impact on rock history with some of the best guitar playings to ever come out of the rock world.

ART & CULTURE

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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

 |   9-minute read

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

 |   8-minute read

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?

VARIETY

 |   9-minute read

Happy Birthday Kalyanji: An ode to the music Kalyanji-Anandji treated us to

The duo had a fine flair for regional folk music, catchy dance numbers, soulful devotional songs, children’s songs – you name it.