Musicians and Nakhras

OK, so I am obsessed with Annapurna Devi. And Grigori Perelman, the mathematician who rejected the Fields medal when he was awarded it. Why is the idea of a reclusive genius so seductive? When musicians give up ‘nakhras’ The singers and dancers who can point us to the stars and give us a glimpse of…

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Culture and Specificity

Nice response to the piece below in Livemint website. I wish The Skeptarian, whoever she or he is had said some more. I don’t agree with her or his notions about culture as talking to sweeper. That’s my milklady version. The Skeptarian • 7 hours ago − This article just re-articulates a certain sameness in…

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Sitar Music

This piece touched me. What a life! What culture! What folly! Wish I had met Annapurna Devi– she carries the perfumes of an entire musical era with her. Annapurna Devi & Ravi Shankar: The tragedy of a relationship December 12, 2012 In August 2000, Ravi Shankar’s first wife, the reclusive surbahar virtuoso Annapurna Devi, gave…

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Healing music

Today, a Hindustani musician came home and sang for us from 5 to 7. He is a student of the late great Bhimsen Joshi, originally from Pune and belongs to the Kirana Garana. His first rendition was in Raag Basant and he sang a beautiful Khayal on Lord Shiva. He voice was deep and loud–…

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