Music

No Ryan in Bollywood Arabia

No Ryan in Bollywood Arabia

The travelers and tradespeople make it across make-shift gates just as dusk settles in. The dust stirred up by their carts and animals makes the warmth of the sun linger just a moment more. The eye catches the glint of embers being coaxed into cooking fires; aromatic...
What’s Indian at the Grammys?

What’s Indian at the Grammys?

The Grammys award ceremony this year is scheduled for February 15 and has quite a few India(n) related nominees. Take a read below: Record of the Year and Producer of the Year (Non Classical) Uptown Funk Jeff Bhasker (Producer)Released in November 2014, Uptown Funk...
2015 Bollywood Music Countdown

2015 Bollywood Music Countdown

Jan-Nov 2015 has seen a mixed bag of Bollywood music genres, but with clear winners in terms of music directors, singers, and lyricists. There are two categories in the countdown below-Catchy and Romantic. The common bar for these two genres is that they are...
Mahadeva Gets the Nomination!

Mahadeva Gets the Nomination!

Over the last few decades, slokas, bhajans, and ghazals, even tabla and mridangam bols and kannakols (enunciated beats), instead of being practiced by the learned few Indians, have become a global interpretive art, finding a spot in trance, jazz, new age, world music,...
The Call of Qawwali–Fannah-fi-Allah

The Call of Qawwali–Fannah-fi-Allah

At the age of 15, Geoffrey Lyons left his Nova Scotia home with a one-way ticket in hand to find his spiritual home in the mountains of North India. He had heard Indian raga music and it called out to him. What he did not know at that time was that music would be his...