Heritage Arts

India Currents has championed the classical arts of India for the past 32 years. We have played a vital role in the existing cultural landscape of the diasporic Indian. Our Heritage Arts Initiative in partnership with the Bandish Network brings the finest of international opportunities, platforms and artists’ stories right at your digital doorstep. Check out some of our stories here.

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Violinist for the 21st Century

Violinist for the 21st Century

APAP MASALA. DVD featuring Gilles Apap, violin, and a stellar collection of Hindustani and Karnatik musicians. Available at www.gillesapap.com When Yehudi Menuhin collaborated with musicians from different cultures, he remained the European classical maestro, playing...
Music for the Body and Soul

Music for the Body and Soul

MUSIC FOR YOGA AND OTHER JOYS. KIRTAN: THE ART AND PRACTICE OF ECSTATIC CHANT. Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach. Both recordings available at www.soundstrue.com In modern secular society, the concert func-tions as a religious ritual designed to con-nect the listener with...
The Music Within Sound Itself

The Music Within Sound Itself

HARMONIC EXPERIENCE by W.A. Mathieu. Inner Traditions Press. Available at bookstores and at www.InnerTraditions.com. One of the most turbulent battlegrounds of the culture wars is the conflict over musical tuning. Since the time of Bach, European music has used a...
Devout Rebel

Devout Rebel

MEERA. Rita Sahai, vocals, with Swapan Chaudhuri, tabla, and Manose Singh, bansuri. Available at www.ritasahai.com The word “radical” is often used to de-scribe someone who wants to over-throw traditions. But its literal meaning is exactly the opposite, for it is the...
Composers, Performers, and Machines

Composers, Performers, and Machines

For centuries, European classical music has considered the composer to be the “creative” musical artist, and relegated performers to the lesser status of “interpretive” artist. This idea of composer as autonomous creator eventually inspired the adoption of a common...
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

On March 13, 2004 the great sitar player Vilayat Khan died of lung cancer at Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai. The idea of writing about any other musical subject this month is unthinkable, and the task of summing up his great contributions seems overwhelming. Vilayat Khan...