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Written by Monday, 29 July 2013 13:50


Little ones’ tunes


Watch Children’s Carnatic Choir perform tomorrow. The choir has 20 children aged between 10 and 16. The choir is a fund raiser for the Drishti Eye Care. The funds raised from the concert will be used to carry out free cataract operations.


MLR Convention Centre, Brigade Millenium Campus, JP Nagar, August 2, 7 pm and Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, 16th cross, GD Park Extension, 2nd Main Road, Malleshwaram , August 3, 7 pm



Rock for a cause


Bangalore Music Institute and Templetree Leisure are coming together to support Karunashraya Cancer Hospice. The event will see bands like Solder, Ministry of Blues, MoonArra and Mid-Riff Strain perform.


Templetree Leisure, 128/8, Behind Intel Campus, Outer Ring Road, Near Marathahalli, August 3, 5 pm


Foot tapping weekend


Let your hair down this Sunday as DJ Chris Lake and DJ Cedric Gervais spin out some tunes from behind the console. Chris has hits like Changes, Only You, Sundown and If You Knew to his credit where as Cedric’s remix of Summertime sadness was on the number one spot on Beatport.


The Grand Ballroom, Chancery Pavillion, FM Cariappa Road, August 28, 6 pm

Roots in Britain

Written by Friday, 12 July 2013 11:31

aaaAny music ought to be understood on its own terms; so here’s what metal means to a confirmed insider.


Master of puppets I’m pulling your strings Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams Blinded by me You can’t see a thing Just call my name ‘cause I’ll hear you scream - Master of Puppets by Metallica


This eight-and-a-half-minute title track from legendary band Metallica’s third studio album Master of Puppets, perfectly describes the experience of listening to a heavy metal track.


‘Metalheads’ (as metal fans are commonly known) live for the energy that the music emanates, while sceptics like to believe that these are signs of delinquency


The evolution of metal as a genre began way back in the 1960’s. British band Black Sabbath (in pic) is widely considered the first true metal band and these Birmingham boys fronted by the eccentric Ozzy Osbourne changed rock music forever and gave rise to what would be later known as doom metal. There are various other sub-genres and sub-subgenres in heavy metal and the evolution of each can turn into an article.


In India, rock music has now gained some mainstream acceptance, with Bollywood even making films about the genre (Rock On, Rockstar). Heavy metal music still has a long way to go. This in no way implies that there are no Indian heavy metal bands. On the contrary. the number of bands exploring heavy metal has grown exponentially over the past few years. The 1990s saw heavy metal bands gain a foothold. Some of the earliest proponents of metal music in India were Rock Machine (later rechristened Indus Creed), Axecalibre, Easy Meat, Holocaust and Grassroots Revival. Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and the North-East are where these bands originated from.

Metal kapital

Written by Friday, 12 July 2013 11:11


A harsh form of rock is thriving in Bangalore. But why this city? Riddhi Mukherjee explores the dimensions of a music the West considers ‘rightist’


Murad Ali represents the sixth generation of a family devoted to the lovely string instrument. Ahead of his Bangalore concert, he talks about why the sarangi should survive and thrive


One of the leading players of his generation, 37- year-old Murad Ali comes from a family of sarangi players of the Moradabad Gharana. A sixth generation musician, he was trained in the instrument by his father and grandfather, both legendary players. He has performed at concerts across the globe and also composes music for his fusion band Soul Samvad. Murad Ali has also played with popular bands such as Euphoria, Indian Ocean and Bandish Project. Excerpts from an email interview:


When did you start learning the sarangi?


I’ve been fortunate enough to belong to the sixth generation of an unbroken chain in sarangi playing. I grew up hearing my grandfather, the late Ustad Siddique Ahmed Khansahab and my father Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khansahab, who are also my gurus, play this melodious instrument. I was introduced to it at the age of ten, but had started my musical training earlier. I first trained in vocals under my grandfather’s guidance because he insisted that it is necessary for a sarangi player.


Did you ever feel weighed down by your musical lineage?


Never. In fact my ancestral link to the instrument has always given me a positive energy to go further with what I have learnt from my grandfather and my father. But yes, when you come from a family of great musicians, it is a big responsibility to live up to the heights they have reached.


The sarangi is known to be a particularly difficult instrument. Did the challenges it posed discourage you at any point?


No matter what challenges I faced, I could not even dream of giving up the sarangi. In fact, I think challenges are very important for a person to grow stronger and to prove yourself and to face the world. And today, despite being an established artist who performs in different streams, I still come across a lot of challenges, which I try to face with dignity and joy.


Which has been your most memorable concert?


By the grace of God and blessings of my gurus, all my concerts have been very memorable, whether as a soloist or as an accompanying artist, in India or abroad. What I would like to do is mention some very special names who I have been blessed enough to perform with. Such legendary figures of Indian classical music like Pt Ravi Shankarji, Ustad Rashid Khan ji, Smt Shubha Mudgalji and many such eminent artistes.


What is the nicest thing you have heard from a fan?


What really touches my heart is when people in the audience come up to me and say that the melody of my sarangi sounds as if someone is singing. This is a special compliment since the sarangi is considered to be the instrument closest to the human voice.


How popular is the instrument with aspiring musicians?


In the Mughal courts, the sarangi was played only for the courtesans, so for a long time people would not play it in decent platforms. With time, things have changed, and now the sarangi is given a special position in Indian and Western dance and music. Many people are coming forward to learn sarangi and choose it as their profession. But one thing that hurts me is that, while there are so many schools and institutions for most instruments, there is none for the sarangi. Nor can you get a degree in it, unlike with other instruments.


Why is it increasingly rare to find sarangi accompanying Hindustani vocalists?


Well, this question should be posed to those who don’t choose sarangi for accompaniment. Of course, it is their choice, but there are a few gharanas where the sarangi is a must as an accompaniment, and they do have it.


Who do you rate as the greatest sarangi players in recent times?


Many names come to my mind, which are well known for their own styles and who are responsible for giving sarangi the prestige it enjoys today. Ustad Bundu Khansahab, Ustad Shakoor Khansahab, Ustad Hamid Hussain Khansahab, Ustad Siddique Ahmed Khansahab, Ustad Zahid Hussain Khansahab, Pt Gopal Mishraji, Pt Hanuman Prasad Mishraji, Ustad Abdul Latif Khansahab, Ustad Sultan Khansahab, the living legends Pt Ram Narayanji and Ustad Sabir Khansahab, and last but not least, my father Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khansahab. They all belong to different gharanas and they are all kings of their styles. They are my idols and my inspiration.


Besides classical, what genres of music do you listen to? Any favourites?


I can’t survive without music whether it is on stage or in my room or anywhere else; there has to be music around me all the time. I love old Hindi film songs by Mohammed Rafisahab, Manna Da, Kishore Da, Hemant Da, Mukeshji, Lataji, Ashaji and others. Other genres I love are ghazals, geet, nazm, and any music with good lyrics, feeling, and, of course, melody. I also love reading poetry and composing music. In fact, I have composed music for several of my own albums and for my fusion band Soul Samvad.


What are your plans for the Bangalore show?


I will be playing traditional Khayal Andaaz ki Sarangi, thumri, dadra, one seasonal raga, and, of course, improvisations.


How receptive is the Bangalore audience to classical music?


I’ve always got a positive response. People here are well versed with classical art forms, and Karnataka as a state is rich in art and culture.


Murad Ali performs on July 6 at Chowdiah Memorial Hall

‘It’s Carnatic with a twist’

Written by Friday, 21 June 2013 06:36


Aman Mahajan is a well-known keyboardist and pianist based in Bangalore. He is performing with the band Temple Rock, featuring Krishna Kumar on vocals and kanjira, Matt Littlewood on the saxophone, Mishko M’ba on the bass guitar, J Sowri Rajan on the thavil, and Jay Sithar on the guitar.

Ray, the one and only

Written by Friday, 24 May 2013 10:55

Ray, the one and only

LEGENDSRay Manzarek (second from left) with his bandmates during The Doors’ heydays

The keyboardist of pioneering rock band Parikrama pays tribute to Ray Manzarek, the man behind The Doors' unique sound that held 

generations enthralled

A polyphonic treat

Written by Friday, 24 May 2013 10:47

A polyphonic treat

HARMONYThe CIYO comprises more than 60 musicians from the two countries

With young musicians from two countries, the Canadian Indian Youth Orchestra is all set to play classical and popular favourites

Carnatic in California

Written by Saturday, 18 May 2013 09:06


CARNATIC STATES (Right & facing page) The IFAASD festival has emerged as one of the biggest Carnatic events outside India

Indians at home may take their culture for granted, but among those in the US, there’s a pervading cultural hunger. The weeklong festival at the Indian Fine Arts  cademy of San Diego is just one of the many ways to satiate that hunger


Jammin’ in the basement

Written by Friday, 17 May 2013 09:04

Jammin' in the basement

If Infosys, Bangalore’s most famous company, could grow out of a garage, why not the next big thing in music? Bands are grabbing unconventional platforms to be seen and heard


Written by Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:19


Men who rock:

The five-member band Menwhopause from New Delhi is all set to rock this weekend. Winner of the 2008 Jack Daniels' Best Band of the Year, they are known for being one of the first in India to distribute their music for free over the net. Some of their hits include Easy andHome. The band and its songs come with a wry sense of humour. Hard Rock Café, 40, St Marks Road, May 16, 7.30 pm  9243777970

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