Music

Unsung Heroine: Bridging Generations And Continents

Unsung Heroine: Bridging Generations And Continents

  Today, I lost my guru. And today, along with her, the world lost a deivam. Smt. Ranganayaki Rajagopalan was more than a guru to me. She was a caretaker and a soldier, a giver and a fighter, a pillar in the fortress of Carnatic music. As a disciple of the legendary...
Saint Thyagaraja Meets John Coltrane

Saint Thyagaraja Meets John Coltrane

The great cellist Yo-Yo Ma has said, “There’s a moment where you can go into nature — always, at any moment, and figure out some parallel to what is happening in a sound-centric world.” Beyond Oceans was reminiscent of fall colors – it brought...
Meet Vijay Gupta, MacArthur Genius Award Winner

Meet Vijay Gupta, MacArthur Genius Award Winner

Vijay Gupta’s trip to being one of the winners of the 2018 MacArthur genius grant started with questions – questions only a musician would know to ask. Nathaniel Ayers was the questioner and Vijay, a violinist with the LA Philharmonic was immediately intrigued....
Ghazal Singer Roshan Bharati in the Bay Area

Ghazal Singer Roshan Bharati in the Bay Area

India Currents got the opportunity to speak with Dr Roshan Bharti during his recent visit to the Bay Area. “I was born in the family of professional musicians for 17 generations. I am carrying the torch of my family legacy – my grandfather was Ustad Jamal...
Parampara: In the Footsteps of the Masters

Parampara: In the Footsteps of the Masters

Anuradha Nag, Artistic Director of Tarangini School of Kathak dance, has two causes for celebration this year: her school turns 25 and her Guru, Padma Vibhushan Birju Maharaj, turns 80. She is hosting the event Parampara on June 8th this year with a special treat:...
Max is Maxing Out on India: Musical Cirque Du Soleil

Max is Maxing Out on India: Musical Cirque Du Soleil

[India’s energy,] “that incredible thing that happens when you step out of the plane,” is what makes India feel like a second home – the first being Germany – to jazz and Indian-classical guitarist Max Clouth every time. He’s just released “Kamaloka,” and...