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A Tribute to Jagjit Singh (1941-2011)

A Tribute to Jagjit Singh (1941-2011)

The passing of maestro Jagjit Singh brought back, to me, memories of his appearances with his wife Chitra Singh in the 1970s. He was later to become one of the giants of ghazal singing in the Indian subcontinent and was often referred to as its greatest living...
Rock On!

Rock On!

I could not help but be impressed with the tattoos on Gaurav Bali’s arms when I was in conversation, between rehearsals, with the guitarist of NYC based-rock band Eve To Adam. I had gone in expecting a rock star, with all the attitude and aloofness the term conveys,...
Daring to Break Stereotypes

Daring to Break Stereotypes

They say there is some truth to every stereotype—that generalizations passed down as fact have some universal merit. Models and actresses and their intelligence levels. Pakistanis and their religious zealotry. Veena Malik and her supporters would vociferously disagree...
Ode to Ghalib

Ode to Ghalib

On April 7th, 2011, Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker, Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla was the distinguished guest and subject of the Yale Master’s Tea at Berkeley College.  The event was sponsored by several organizations including Yale’s South Asian Film Society, Prism,...
Songs as Good as Gold

Songs as Good as Gold

“I hear melodies all the time in my mind. I’m walking down the street, I see a person or object, and it triggers a melody in my mind.” Siddhartha Khosla is discussing his songwriting process. He’s on the phone from his home in Hoboken, New Jersey. You have...
Khan Academy

Khan Academy

In the September 27th issue of the New Yorker, columnist Nicholas Lemann wrote about the state of American education, calling it “a narrative of crisis.” In my personal equation, education is better served up as “a narrative of conflict.” Anytime I attempt to fill the...