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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East Meets East, North Meets South

East Meets East, North Meets South

FOOD FOR THE SOUL: K. Sridhar (sarod), Sopan Dev (tabla). SACEM, France. ARABANDI: Nada Productions, Israel. NADA15. www.sridhar.org/recordings.htm Krishnamurti Sridhar has lived his musical life by an important principle: If you’re true to your roots, you will...

Gandharva Music Exposed

RAIN MELODY. Amar Nath bansuri with Somnath Mukhergee tabla. MUM press. (800) 831-6523. It would be easy for anyone with an uncharitable spirit and hostility to Eastern spirituality to build a convincing case against Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music. On the CD Rain...

Cyber-Guru of the Sitar

JAFFERKHANI BAAJ: Innovation in Sitar Music by Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan. $30. Available from Amjad Noorani, 13208 Corte de Chamisal, Salinas, CA 93908. (831) 484-9188. email: alizebfar@aol.com. Westerners like to think that the West is rational and articulate, and that...

Like Father, Like Daughter

Two years ago, when Anoushka Shankar was 16, she released her first album, titled simply “Anoushka.” It showcased her ability to play fast taans and deris, tricky chand and laya patterns, and expressive meend. Her touch was relatively light and delicate...

Preserving Tansen’s Legacy

1996 saw the classical music maestro Ali Akbar Khan in the news twice—for the prestigious Grammy award nomination for the CD Then and Now (Alam Madina), and for the release ofLegacy (Alam Mad­ina/Triloka), a new CD of Asha Bhosle recit­ing ancient Tansen compositions....