Music

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...
Matt On Matt

Matt On Matt

An artistic temperament is conventionally associated with eccentricity and attitude. What is not commonly seen is the other, good side of the said temperament, the one that drives artists to stay true to their art and foster an environment that nurtures its growth....
July Jingles

July Jingles

Here is a compilation of the top ten songs that encompass vintage energy, gentle melodies and upbeat rhapsodies. Hypnotic rhythms provide background scores to many of these songs, leaving an unforgettable listening experience. Vidya Sridhar works at NASA and is a mom...