India: discover the music

Posted on December 6th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .


This is the Songlines guide to Indian music today, with in-depth features and revealing interviews with many of the most exciting musicians of our time, including Zakir Hussain, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Jyoti Hegde and more…



The way Zakir Hussain tells it, his musical destiny was settled when he was just two days old. “I was brought home from the hospital and the tradition is that the son is handed to the father, and then the father has to recite a prayer in his son’s ear, putting him on his way,” he says. “My father, instead of reciting prayer, sang rhythms in my ear. And my mother was very upset and said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ And he said: ‘Because this is my prayer.’”

Read the article: Zakir Hussain – a beginner’s guide



Jahnavi Harrison selects Indian vocalists who have all performed at the Darbar Festival over the last decade

Read the article: Essential 10: Indian vocalists



Simon Broughton speaks to Shye Ben Tzur about his qawwali-Hebrew collaboration with The Rajasthan Express and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

Read the article: Shye Ben Tzur – devoted to India



Khayal singer Kaushiki Chakrabarty speaks to Jameela Siddiqi about her demanding yet expressive North Indian classical vocal style and how she got her remarkable start in this mainly masculine genre

Read the article: Kaushiki Chakrabarty – youthful imagination



Amardeep Dhillon wishes English-language music sites would stop exoticising India’s music scene, boiling it down to Bollywood’s Top 40

Read the article: Soapbox – Indian music, like any other, should be considered on its own merits



Jyoti Hegde, the world’s only female rudra veena player, speaks to Jameela Siddiqi about her love affair with this Indian string instrument

Read the article: Jyoti Hegde – Shiva’s lute



Georgie Pope visits the drumming, dancing and singing monks in a monastery of Assam, north-east India

Read the article: Postcard from Majuli, Assam

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