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    The new female playback voice is vastly different from the high pitch of the earlier decades - today, it is unapologetically low, bold and husky.
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    May 18, 2013
    Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam has ruled Bollywood music for over three decades. She's seen the highs and lows having worked with some of the…
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    May 18, 2013
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'I obsess over my music'

'I obsess over my music'

Ruhi Batra | July 13, 2013
At Coke Studio, no one tells AR Rahman to make this song, make that song. But, he says, it's also nice to work to a director's vision.
Strumming narratives
The Ramayana at Harrow

The Ramayana at Harrow

Naomi Canton | July 6, 2013
Soumik Datta plays the electric acoustic sarod wearing trainers. And tells the story of his own years of exile in boarding school.
Park Street's Music World
The day the music died

The day the music died

Jaideep Mazumdar | June 22, 2013
Ever since it was announced that Park Street's Music World would shut down, loyal clients are flocking to the store in record numbers.
The pull of pallavi

The pull of pallavi

Purnima Sharma | June 15, 2013
Want to learn more about 'Raagam Taanam Pallavi'?


June 15, 2013
Octopus tales, it's one of the Beatles' most charming songs.
Not all cool

Not all cool

Ruhi Batra | June 8, 2013
Lady Gaga loves his music. But Zedd is candid enough to admit that most of dance music today is dull and generic.
The sisterhood on stage

The sisterhood on stage

Malini Nair | June 8, 2013
They were in danger of being molested, had no proper bathrooms, and were denied a full training. And yet women actors in Kerala persisted and fought…
Pot on, VV

Pot on, VV

Malini Nair | June 1, 2013
TH Vikku Vinayakram, 71, took the humble pot drum to the global stage, firmed up its place on the classical stage, and broke the gender barrier in…
World music is a terrible term

World music is a terrible term

Ruhi Batra | May 25, 2013
Music historian Jacob Edgar on how he discovered Kailash Kher in an autorickshaw in Kerala.
Transgender on song

Transgender on song

Purnima Sharm | May 25, 2013
'Songs of the Caravan' is a unique album in which India's third gender musicians pour out their love, longing and pain.

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