Classical Music

  • India Positive: Stories of courage, creativity and compassion August 31, 2013

    A music scholar from Bangalore is attempting to create a national sound archive of the country. The voice of Gauhar Jaan, the prima donna of India's classical music and the first musician to record commercially for the Gramophone company back in 1902 in Calcutta, was nearly lost, until Vikram Sampath...
  • Music scholar attempts to create national sound archive August 28, 2013

    Kolkata: A music scholar from Bangalore is attempting to create a national sound archive of the country. The voice of Gauhar Jaan, the prima donna of India's classical music and the first musician to record commercially for the Gramophone company back in 1902 in Calcutta, was nearly lost, until Vikram...
  • Bhopal: Age old 'guru-shishya' tradition going strong at Dhrupad Sansthan March 6, 2013

    Bhopal: The age old 'guru-shishya' tradition is still going strong at the Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal. Students come in from around the world, looking to learn classical music and they are handpicked by the Ustads. It's a two-way learning process as students think, question and engage with their gurus, Padmashree-winning...
  • Pandit Ravi Shankar's students will keep his legacy alive: Pandit Barun Kumar Pal December 14, 2012

    Indian classical musician and Pandit Ravi Shankar's disciple Pandit Barun Kumar Pal joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the impact of Pandit Ravi Shankar on Indian classical music. Q. When did you last speak to him? And if not very personal, could you share some of the things you talked...
  • FTN: Are the classical arts in danger of being lost in India? December 13, 2012

    Did Pandit Ravi Shankar show the way as to how the classical arts can be kept alive in the contemporary world? ...
  • Amitabh Bachchan recalls Ravi Shankar's last call December 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is grieving the demise of Pandit Ravi Shankar, says he was puzzled to receive the sitar maestro's call for the first time a week before the music legend's demise. He never knew it would be his last. "A strange feeling crawls within me. Just...
  • Pandit Ravi Shankar was Indian culture's global ambassador: Sitarist Purbayan December 12, 2012

    Purbayan has performed all over the world and his music has been appreciated by jazz artists Chick Corea, Bela Fleck, and Pat Metheny. He has performed several times with Ustad Zakir Hussain. A disciple of the Maihar Gharana, the school that Pandit Ravi Shankar also came from, he interacted with...
  • Watch: Ravi Shankar talks about the sitar and Indian music December 12, 2012

    With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Pandit Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over nearly a century.From George Harrison...
  • Pt Ravi Shankar's music was as vivacious as his personal life December 12, 2012

    New Delhi: With the death of Pandit Ravi Shankar, passes an era of Hindustani classical music - an era which saw the Indian musical artform going global in the true sense of the word. Ravi Shankar, born as Robindro Shounkor Chowdhury to a Bengali Brahmin family in Varanasi in 1920,...
  • Delhi witnesses 'parampara' in Hindustani classical music October 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The "parampara" (generational) tradition in classical music is alive and flourishing. The capital was witness to this when sitar maestro Imrat Khan, brother of legendary exponent Vilayat Khan of the Imdadkhani (Etawah) gharana, introduced his youngest son, Azmat Ali Khan, to the audience here as the newset prodigy...
  • Women dhrupad singers break into male bastion September 27, 2012

    Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh): After years of male domination, the stage is opening up for women to sing dhrupad, a Hindustani classical music genre. In 10 years, the tribe of women dhrupad exponents performing in soirees or as standalone musicians has grown, say brothers Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha, among the country's...
  • Southern Stars: The musical saga of singer KJ Yesudas September 12, 2012

    Find out about the journey of singer KJ Yesudas who defied boundaries and sang in almost all Indian languages. ...
  • Amjad Ali Khan receives Mallikarjun Mansur award January 4, 2012

    Dharwad: Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, whose unique style of playing the instrument with his finger nails has enthralled audiences worldwide, has been presented the Mallikarjun Mansur award in recognition of his achievements. "I deem it a great honour bestowed on me. It is a big award for me," Khan, a...
  • Bangalore: Musical extravaganza from Nov 23 November 21, 2011

    BANGALORE: The Academy of Music, Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, has drawn up a five-day musical extravaganza from November 23. Well known musicians will be honoured on the concluding day of the festival. Sangeetha Kalanidhi Madurai T N Seshagopalan, Vidwan R N Thyagarajan and Vidwan R N Tharanathan, popularly known as ‘Rudrapatnam...
  • 'MS Subbulakshmi's music is relevant even today' September 16, 2011

    New Delhi: Unquestionably one of the greatest exponents of Carnatic music, MS Subbulakshmi, or 'MS' to her fans, is an icon even to a younger generation brought up on fusion and rock music, the organiser of a music festival to mark the singer’s 95th birth anniversary said on Friday. 'Madura Geetham'...
  • 'Beethoven and Friends' is excellently produced June 20, 2011

    In my thirties, as a parent whose kids gorged on a diet of the Cartoon Network, the inevitable Tom & Jerry, Looney Tunes and Bug Bunny especially, some sounds of what I saw on the small screen remained with me as a precursor to a larger education. Later, with an...
  • Bhimsen Joshi remembered on birth anniversary February 4, 2011

    Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who passed away on January 24, and his works are an integral part of Indian classical music. ...
  • Gangubai Hangal was unique, a true legend say maestros July 22, 2009

    New Delhi: Gangubai Hanagal, one of the doyens of Hindustani classical music breathed her last at Hubli in Karnataka, on Tuesday morning. A legend, Gangubai was considered the oldest active vocalist in the world. She gave her last public performance when she was 94 years old. The grand old lady...
  • Obit: Grand old lady of Kirana-Gharana is no more July 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Gangubai Hanagal, one of the last links with the last century which witnessed the zenith of Indian classical music, breathed her last at Hubli in Karnataka, on Tuesday morning. A legend, Gangubai was considered the oldest active vocalist in the world. She gave her last public performance when...
  • Veteran singer Gangubai Hangal dead July 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Veteran Hindustani Classical singer Gangubai Hangal, 97, died due to a heart attack on Tuesday morning. Celebrated playwright Girish Karnad to spoke to CNN-IBN on Gangubai Hangal, "I knew her very well, to say that she was a great singer was to say nothing. Bharat Ratna could have gone...
  • Sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan dead June 19, 2009

    Kolkata: Legendary sarod player Ali Akbar Khan died on Friday at his residence in San Anselmo in California. He was 87. The Hindustani classical music exponent died at about 1030 hours IST following renal failure, his secretary Ashish Roy said. He is survived by 11 children from his three marriages....
  • The unconventional life of music maestro Zubin Mehta October 13, 2008

    Zubin Mehta is perhaps India's most unusual export. The Parsi boy, who went on to become one of the world's best known conductors of classical music, has wielded the baton in some of the most prestigious orchestras. Mehta has led an unconventional life that has been ruled first and foremost...
  • PM to release postage stamp on Bismillah Khan August 21, 2008

    New Delhi Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will release on Thursday a commemorative postage stamp on Shehnai Maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan on Thursday. The Department of Posts has brought out the stamp as a tribute to the celebrated musician on his death anniversary. It is in the denomination of five rupees. The...
  • Listen to classical music with a twist August 28, 2006

    Mumbai: When a music CD is labeled classical, the number of CDs hitting the market do not cross 1,000 units. Call it a world music album and the units could touch about 5,000. So, it’s no surprise if sitar player Hidayat Khan's new album Ziver infuses a lot more than...