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Desi Fate

THE KARMA OF BROWN FOLK By Vijay Prashad. University of Minnesota Press. 248 p. $24.95. www.upress.umn.edu Several years have passed since we have heard a strong voice from the South Asian Left. Although Progressive South Asia will never die and be reincarnate itself...

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....

Children’s Classic or Colonial Fantasy

I am glad I come from that vanishing generation which actually read books in­stead of waiting for the movie. Other­wise I might have thought that The Jungle Book was the story of the romance between a young man brought up in Indian jungles and the British woman who...