Music

Mallikas of yesteryear

The forgotten histories of Pakistan’s music queens.

| Jun 18, 2021

The caste of Karnatic music

An untold history of mrdangam makers.

| Jul 07, 2020

Himalayan melodies and heavy metal

Rocking generations of the Nepali diaspora in Britain.

| Dec 16, 2014

In search of a different truth

The Bauls of Bengal tread the line between cultural preservation and modernity.

| Dec 11, 2014

Chasing a legend

Reconstructing the life of flamboyant 19th-century singer Gauhar Jaan involved an immersion in her loves, her passions, her demons and her music.

| Jan 14, 2014

In Defense of the Song Sequence

The song and dance sequence in Bollywood cinema is often dismissed as a frivolous filler, but there is substance to it

| Sep 15, 2013

This is why this kolaveri di

The viral hit says more about India than you think it does.

| Feb 06, 2012

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