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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Like Father, Like Daughter

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...
Rahman Rahman-From Tamizha Tamizha To Chhaiya Chhaiya

Rahman Rahman-From Tamizha Tamizha To Chhaiya Chhaiya

He is at the center of the stage but you could just as easily miss him. With his trademark tousled hair, dressed in a simple white shirt and jacket, he is almost lost in an orchestra of some 70 musicians. But there is no doubt who is the star of the concert. Even...

The Voice of the Bansuri

ARADHANA G.S. Sachdev, bansuri; Jnan Ghosh, tabla. Chandi Productions, P.O. Box 150066, San Rafael, CA 94915. www.gssachdev.com One of the few truths about music that holds almost everywhere is that vocal music appeals to more people than instrumental music. Perhaps...

The Divine Reed

Shehnai Recital Ustad Bismillah Khan and Party. EMI. Available at Ali Akbar College Store, San Rafael, CA. (800) 748-2252. www.aacm.org One of the few things that all Indians seem to share is their love for the shehnai. I have heard my Indian friends compare the sound...

Folk and Classical Together

Classically Yours. Shubha Mudgal, Vocals. Purshottam Walawlakar, Harmonium. Aneesh Pradhan, tabla. Ali More Angana. Shubha Mudgal, Vocals. Jawahar Wattal, Musical Director and composer. Ravi Pawar, arrangements. Magnasound, Mumbai, India. Available at most Indian...
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...