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Guru for fusion: Prem Joshua

Fusion music – is not about just mixing two different styles of music together, it is a very delicate interleaving of the two with neither of them losing its identity individually, but yet on the whole appear in a different pattern of waves that seep through you and reverberate deep within the heart and mind! …

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Sudha Raghunathan : A sparkling brook of voice!!

Morning Raaga was a bold attempt in the Indian film genre to showcase the fusion of Eastern and Western styles of Music. The story was thin, but the saving grace of the movie was ofcourse the acting prowess of Shabana Azmi, and the songs (not surprisingly)! The one voice that stood out in all of …

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Rustling up some Russell!

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”–Albert Einstein in a letter to Morris Raphael Cohen, professor emeritus of philosophy at the College of the City …

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Sri Tyagaraja: Endaro mahanubhaavulu!!

January 19th is celebrated as Sri Tyagaraja Aradhana. I remember the first Tyagaraja Aradhana that I had been to was at an age of 12, in the house of my Classical music Guru, Smt. Shakuntala Iyengar. It had been a few months since I had started to go to her, inorder to learn music. I …

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Jaspal Singh: Geet Gaata Chal

A few posts ago, I had mentioned about several singers, who though did not make it to the big limelight, have contributed some of the ever green songs, that often the mind hums! To this league of sidelined singers, Jaspal Singh’s addition seems a tragedy! The highlight of Jaspal Singh’s voice is the innocence, and …

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Aruna Sairam: A Miracle beyond words!!!

This is the 10th time I am replaying the Kalinga Nartana Thillana composed by Sri OOthukudi Venkatasubbiyer and sung by Aruna Sairam. To say that she is splendid would be downplaying her performance, to say she is divine, may sound hackneyed! To say that she is a match unto herself, would also not put into …

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