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Saturday July 2, 2022


Tarapada Chakraborty

The Doyen of Khayal from Bengal

Tarapada Chakraborty was revered by all his peers in the field of Hindustani classical vocal music. “The Nation” magazine, after his performance at the All Bengal Music Conference in 1949, wrote: “He according to his showing at the conference may with good reason be called classical musician No.1 of Modern Bengal.”

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Irving Berlin

From an Historian’s Notebook: Russian Lullaby

He was actually born in Siberia in 1888, but his family came from what would now be Belarus, in what was then imperial Russia. Why Siberia? I don’t quite know the story, though any historian reading this detail will think immediately of political exiles and deportations

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Lata Mangeshkar, Harish Bhimani, Rekha

Decoding Lataji

What made Lata Mangeshkar’s live shows a rage with the audience at home & abroad? How did the ‘Lata’ brand survive for nearly eight decades? What were her hobbies?

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Pandit Birju Maharaj
Art & Craft

“Maharaj Ji”- My Musical Guardian

Touring with Maharaj ji has been the most enriching learning experience of my musical career. Every tour around the globe meant new places, new people and new music. Our mornings would be filled with stories of Maharaj Ji’s life, his performances, recollecting thumri, dadra, ghazals from the past and endless musical adda.

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Deben Bhattacharya musicologist

Deben Bhattacharya: Traveller of the Tune

Now, he was an associate producer of Indian music for BBC radio programmes, with a mandate to create short episodes introducing Indian music to the British audience. With a lot of trepidation, he produced his first episode, a short introduction to Indian classical music. It was an unqualified triumph.

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