Evolution of music 2

Carnatic music: on the cusp of change Madras, some would say, is not just a place. It is a pace that begins with the milkman at 4am. As cities go, it is like any other. It is a mindset and space. There are birdwatchers and tree-huggers (Madras Ramblings is a great blog on both these…

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A conversation between Carnatic and Western classical

One of the pleasures of writing is to hear back from readers who have views that are opposite your own; and who are able to educate you about their area of expertise.  A while ago, I wrote a piece in Mint about western classical music conductors here. I heard back from a reader who told…

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Waiting for the next Zubin Mehta

Waiting for the next Zubin Mehta Why haven’t any of India’s great institutions produced world-class Western classical musical talent? Shoba Narayan First Published: Fri, Oct 19 2012. 06 00 PM IST A concert in progress at Mumbai’s NCPA, home to the The Symphony Orchestra of India. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint RELATED The dramatic and soulful orchestra…

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Orchestras

Listen to Mendelssohn while you read this piece The dramatic and soulful orchestra men What exactly does an orchestra conductor do with his eyes closed? Shoba Narayan      First Published: Thu, Sep 27 2012. 06 00 PM IST Zubin Mehta warms up before conducting a performance. Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images. RELATED Excerpt | The ‘desi’…

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