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Bhansali’s Musical Heaven

Bhansali’s Musical Heaven

DEVDAS (Universal, 2002). Hindi film soundtrack. Music: Ismail Darbar. Lyrics: Nusrat Badr For perhaps the most eagerly anticipated film of the year, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas had to deliver a score that not only met the hype but also let Ismail Darbar...

Rebirth of an Innovative Tradition

YOUR LIFE IS BUT A MOMENT, The New Maihar Band. Available at the Ali Akbar College Store, 215 West End Ave, San Rafael, CA. 94901. (800) 748-2252, (415) 454-0581. www.aacm.org. Baba Allaudin Khan, who revolutionized Indian music in the early 20th century, was known to...
The Pause that Refreshes

The Pause that Refreshes

DARJEELING by Bharti Kirchner. St. Martins Press, 2002. Hardcover. $24.95. 320 pages. ISBN: 0-312-28642-2 While Bharti Kirchner worked in the software industry, she longed to be a writer. Largely self-taught in the art of writing and both determined and steadfast, she...
The Dream Team

The Dream Team

It was a heartbreaking moment for the one billion Indians poised to cheer for a victory for Lagaan at the 74th Annual Academy Awards. The winner in the foreign language category was No Man’s Land. Here are excerpts from one-on-one interviews with the director and...

Memories are not enough

My 3-year-old daughter Preeti laughs as I chase her in the park. Suddenly she trips and starts crying, so I hug her. She wraps her tiny arms around my neck saying, “Pretty scared,” (she calls herself “pretty”). As I hold her tight and tell her never to be scared, a...
Melodious Ragas

Melodious Ragas

Annamacharya’s lyrics are set to music by Padma Bhushan Sripada Pinakapani and rendered beautifully by the Malladi brothers. Annamacharya was a saint who lived in the fifteenth century and composed several thousand kirthanas in praise of Lord Venkateswara of...