Rajinikanth the icon.

Had fun writing this piece.  Going to watch Kabali today. 23 July 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good Life Last Modified: Thu, Jul 21 2016. 09 20 PM IST All is well in the Rajini world You don’t go to a Rajinikanth movie for the plot. You go for the comfort it…

Are you listening to Kodaikanal rap?

Trying to mix multiple streams in one column: millet, music, film extras and environmentalism. Are you listening to the Kodaikanal rapster?  The old woman in Palani—down the hill from Kodaikanal– was trying to recruit me to be a movie extra.  Muniamma looked like a rock star.  She was about 80, with weathered skin about the…

The joy of a migratory bird going back home

Have been working on our upcoming music shows in Chennai all weekend.  We are completely redoing the show, and including more Tamil songs.  The Chennai audience is both discerning and has a specific taste.  Like the fabled Hamsa birds that can separate milk from water and drink only the milk, the Chennai audience has forgotten…

The Music Show goes to Chennai!!

We are performing back to back. April 11th evening at YG Mahedra’s Bharat Kalachar. April 12th morning at Vani Mahal.  This event requires RSVPs.  So please see attachment for details

VSCO Cam

So I have been using Instagram a lot and my account is here so please ‘follow’ me if you like those images. I like clicking photos and sharing them on Instagram and VSCO Cam. The two sites are somewhat different. Instagram is huge, and VSCO Cam is artsy. Clicking photos on my handy iPhone is a…

Festival of Sacred Music

My friend, Ranvir Shah and his Prakruti Foundation does The Festival of Sacred Music in Thiruvaiyaru every year. Details here This year, the festival is from March 6 to 8 and has a terrific line up. The Manganiyars, Kadri Gopalnath on Saxophone and Filter Coffee, a rock band. Imagine sitting under the stars and listening…

A concert

My friend, Chitra Srikrishna and I doing a music gig called “Hum Raag.” It is a fun project where we link film songs to classical Indian music. Kabir bhajans, abhangs, light songs, carnatic music, hindustani music and the like. Our next show is on Sunday, January 18th from 5 to 7 PM. At Unnati Bangalore’s…

A video of me

Reposting because the sound quality is a little better. The email below led to this video of me here and pasted below. She had me at Alarmel Valli!! Dear Shoba Hope all is well. Not sure you remember me but we met at the Festival of Sacred Music two/three years ago. I now have a…