Music sans frontiers

By GEETA NANDAKUMAR Song of the soul Farida Khanum ‘Aaj jaane ki zid na karo, haaye mar jaayenge ham to lut jaaenge, aisii baatein…

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Classical Indian Classical Sarangi Indian Classical World Music Network…

Galli mein Aaj Chand Nikla (The moon has re-appeared in my lane)

This is a great song from a brilliant, but less known film Zakhm (wound). The film dealt with the thorny issue of communalism during…

10th Tehzeeb Festival celebrates rare talent, revives classical music in Pakistan

Classical music has been deeply bound to religion, mystical traditions, royalty and it’s core culture in the Subcontinent. India has carried forward this legacy…

10th Tehzeeb Festival celebrates rare talent, revives classical music in Pakistan

Classical music has been deeply bound to religion, mystical traditions, royalty and it’s core culture in the Subcontinent. India has carried forward this legacy…

Mystical Music at one place…

Mystica Music contacted me and introduced their website that sells amazing music. I am not promoting their sales nor do I have any mandate…

Mehdi Hasan: King of kings

Mehdi Hasan died today. There are no words to capture his influence on my generation and the ones before me. I am posting a…

Mehdi Hasan: A bridge over the troubled divide

My tribute to Mehdi Hasan published here He was the musical Midas who transcended borders with the same mastery that he transcended genres Mehdi…

Heart to Heart: Remembering Naina Devi

My dear friend Vidya Rao’s labour of love is finally out. She has been working on this project for quite a while. Her book…

Shola tha jal bujha hoon

The Man & His Music Asif Noorani Liberty Books Karachi (Pakistan) 2010 Pg 80 Rs 695 To make a living he became a motor…

Down melody lane

A book review published in DAWN mentions my piece on Mehdi Hasan: … Raza Rumi’s piece ‘The Melodious Age of Mehdi Hasan’ discusses in…

Mehdi Hasan: The Man & His Music

But this has been our tragic tradition. Our greatest artists, singers, poets and intellectuals have suffered at the hands of a conformist society and…

Farida Khanum Singing Raga Kamod – Manna for the Soul

I am cross-posting my dear friend Fawad’s excellent¬†post from here. The links here are worth visiting and the music is fabulous for those who…

Let the cynics froth and fume

This is the magic of Lahore and its deep-rooted cultural mores. No other city can boast of such individuals, movements and trends. Hopefully, the…

Tau kiya yeh tay haye… (Gulbahar Bano singing)

A piece of Urdu poetry that has remained with me through seasons, years and all the vicissitudes… This is an extraordinary ghazal (rhymed poem…

Reclaiming melody

Izzat Majeed was raised in a household where good music was an object of reverence. His late father, Mian Abdul Majeed was an avid…

Noor Jehan & Khurshid Anwar

I loved Fawad’s post A Divine Musical Collaboration – Noor Jehan & Khurshid Anwar and here it is: In the wake of Khalid Hasan’s…

Beyond Borders – with Shubha Mudgal and Tina Sani

My article published in the Friday Times (Aug11-18) Days after the recent skirmishes at the Line of Control, when the composite dialogue between India…

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Delighted to have found this video. An effortless, magic piece for those who appreciate the nuances of subcontinental classic music. Click here >>…

Zolf bar baad – Mohsen Namjoo

A beautiful song and clip by Mohsen Namjoo Lyrics: Let not the wind into your tresses or I will go into the wind Let…