Bollywood Music Controversy

Bollywood Music Controversy

When I was a student at the Ali Akbar College of Music in Northern California, we were told that Indian film music was a cultural curse that prevented the majority of Indians from appreciating their country’s great classical music. We western students were told to...
Orientophobia

Orientophobia

Fear evolved long before rational intelligence. Consequently, a creature who fears but cannot think very well will make many errors, and it is better for those errors to be false positives than false negatives. If a rabbit fears a rope because it thinks it is a snake,...
Sliding into Ragasphere

Sliding into Ragasphere

BEYOND THE RAGASPHERE. Music by Debashish Bhattacharya. Available from Riverboat/World Music Network at www.debashishbhattacharya.com/beyond-the-ragasphere.html. CD Album: $16.98. Classical Hindustani Slide Guitar? The idea must have seemed strange at first. When Brij...
Islam and Music

Islam and Music

The Web is now abuzz with the story of three teenage Kashmiri Muslim girls, who were forced to disband their newly popular rock band “Praagaash” because of threats and a fatwa issued by a local cleric. Their facebook page now has over three thousand “likes” from all...

Islam and Music

The Web is now abuzz with the story of three teenage Kashmiri Muslim girls, who were forced to disband their newly popular rock band Praagaash because of threats and a Fatwa issued by a local cleric. Their facebook page now has over three thousand “likes” from all...