Desis in the Grammy House!

Desis in the Grammy House!

It’s Grammys-time again and as has been for a few years now, there are a few desi names on the nominee list: Best Dance Recording, Dance/ Electronic Music Field “Don’t Let Me Down”—The Chainsmokers featuring Daya It would be hard to miss or not notice the edgy “Don’t...
The Rasa of Belonging

The Rasa of Belonging

A few days ago, the editor got me thinking about the concept of Rasa. “Entertainment is a desired effect of performance arts but not the primary goal. The primary goal is to transport the individual in the audience into another parallel reality, full of wonder, where...
When a Song Becomes An Anthem

When a Song Becomes An Anthem

Last month, this music column talked about how music captures the sentiments of voters. This month, we continue with the patriotic theme, but through a more enduring musical track, the National anthem: that of the United States and South Asian countries. Every country...
300 Instruments in the House

300 Instruments in the House

When Randy Armstrong has to create a specific piece of music that must evoke an Indian feel, he just orders a sitar from India. “Every piece of music has to be original in its creation and cultural fidelity,” he explains. That is how he has over 300 instruments in his...