Music

Remembering Ravi Shankar

Remembering Ravi Shankar

Very few meetings have been etched as firmly in my mind as our family’s visit to the Ravi Shankar home in the summer of 2009. I had worked very closely with Lakshmi Shankar and it was while learning music from her that I got to know more about Ravi ji. I knew that...
Kutcheri Buzz

Kutcheri Buzz

In the month of December, the city of Chennai will be awash with music and dance for the “season.” The most uttered word in Chennai music parlance will be kutcheri, and the most popular word will be coffee. Mylapore denizens will likely associate kutcheri with...
Who Owns Bhangra?

Who Owns Bhangra?

Wikipedia relies on what is sometimes called the “Wisdom of Crowds” to enable conflicting opinions to gradually evolve into a consensus. Sometimes, however, that consensus fails to form, and Wikipedia creates what is called a talk page, where disagreements are hashed...
An Odyssey into Jazz

An Odyssey into Jazz

Indian Americans are scaling new heights in the performing arts; participating and interpreting mainstream music in distinctive ways. Vijay Iyer is one such artist—an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, producer, and writer. Jazz combines the best of African, South...
Amjad Ali Khan comes to Stanford

Amjad Ali Khan comes to Stanford

The Stanford University music department has 90 faculty members. Not surprisingly for a Silicon Valley school, there are 14 professors in the center for computer research in music and acoustics, many on loan from the engineering department. There are also six teachers...