A Texan Qawwali for Mahatma Gandhi

A Texan Qawwali for Mahatma Gandhi

Vaishnava jana toh is known as Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan. It is commonly sung, instrumentally rendered, and danced to at various devotional or cross-cultural Indian gatherings. Sonny Mehta, founder of the Austin, Texas-based band Riyaaz Qawwali (Riyaaz)...
Stringing and Connecting

Stringing and Connecting

Sultan Khan Lives On THE MASTER. Sultan Khan and Warren Cuccurullo Six Degrees. Album and tracks available on iTunes and amazon.com. $9.99 In 2011, the world lost a great artist, master sarangi player and unforgettable vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan. Khan was known in the...
A New Bird Calls

A New Bird Calls

Rudresh Mahanthappa has been named “Alto Saxophonist of the Year,” many times over, by DownBeat’s International Critics Poll and by the Jazz Journalists Association. He is also the recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a New...
A Musical Feast

A Musical Feast

There were plenty of tunes to hum and shimmy to in 2014. Moving and poetic lyrics bolstered melodies such as “Jaisa Mera Tu” from Happy Ending and “Ang Laga De” from Ram Leela. The year 2014 saw a number of new singers replacing the vocals of established crooners. The...
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...
September Singles

September Singles

September’s top ten songs have rhythm, soul, romance and techno beats. A perfect set of melodies to go with a jog, an afternoon tea, or an evening rendezvous. Himmesh Reshammiya wins for the top two numbers. Enjoy! Vidya Sridhar works at NASA and is a mom of two...