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Mohammad Rafi: Effortless Rendition, his was the Voice of God

Reading Time: 4 minutesSamina profiles Mohammad Rafi, the versatile singer, who won the hearts of one and all with his soulful rendition. Read more in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. Where do I start? When I researched on Rafi Sahib I realised that so many legendary figures of Bollywood, authors, and writers had written so much […]

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Kishore Kumar: A Maverick Genius, Eccentric, Temperamental, High-strung and Talented

Reading Time: 3 minutesSamina profiles the Maverick Kishore Kumar, heartthrobs of millions, across generations, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.   An eccentric, temperamental, high strung, yet talented, creative, multifaceted individual, whose voice ruled the hearts of many, was none other than Kishore Kumar. He was born in Khandwa – now in Madhya Pradesh – as […]

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Music was the Genetic Code of RD Burman, a Trendsetter, an Iconic and Eclectic Composer

Reading Time: 3 minutesRD Burman was a musician with the difference, a trendsetter, an iconic, eclectic, composer, who was born with music and rhythm in his genes. A wizard, he could combine the Indian tunes with western instruments, funky sounds, and psychedelic vibes. Samina profiles the maverick musical genius, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Music […]

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Haunting Melodies from the Dignified Royal Prince of Tripura, SD Burman

Reading Time: 3 minutesSD Burman, also known respectfully and endearingly, as Sachin Korta, came from the royal family of Tripura and was very dignified person. He took his work very seriously and would not take more than four films in a year. The Prince of Melody stole many hearts with his music. Samina profiles the great music director, […]

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A Peek into the Acclaimed Strings N Steps Festival

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe genesis of the name of the festival has a story of its own. Kathak dancer Sangeeta Majumder named this festival as ‘Strings N Steps’ after her ‘Kathak-Hawaiian Guitar Duet concept’, a performance with the Hawaiian guitarist Neel Ranjan Mukherjee. The innovative idea of presenting Kathak with a stringed instrument was perceived alongside the birth of ‘Strings N Steps […]

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Allahabad Sanskiritik Parv: A Confluence of Literature, Culture, Music and History

Reading Time: 4 minutesSanchaari organised a three-day cultural extravaganza, in Allahabad, the second such meet in over a year. It was a congregation of the intellectuals, litterateurs, art, and music lovers, along with the city’s glitterati. Two stalwarts from the cine industry, Mahesh Bhatt and Muzaffar Ali, and prominent Hindi poet, Ashok Chakradhar, attended the three-day festivities. Here’s a report by Sehar, […]

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Amjad Sabri: The Qawwali and Sufi Maestro Silenced to Death

Reading Time: 4 minutesAmjad Sabri was slayed by unidentified motorcycle borne assailants on Wednesday, June 22 afternoon, at Karachi. The news of his death cast a gloom across the borders. Many Bollywood celebrities broke into tears. His huge fan following in Pakistan mourned his untimely demise. For Urooj it was a personal loss. She tells us about a […]

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Youngest DJ of India, Atom, Storms the Music World

Reading Time: 3 minutesLife is a series of accidents, happy and unhappy. During my recent visit to Bangalore, I met Atom, the youngest DJ of India; sheer serendipity.  Atom, as the name suggests, is small but packed with power. Here’s an impromptu interview with Atom in a food court of a Bangalore mall by Anumita for Different Truths. My trip to […]

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Music is my Saviour!

Reading Time: 3 minutesRebeqa tells us how music saved her life. It’s not enough to be saved once the need is to be ‘reSaved’ each day by hope, love, and music. Here’s a soulful account by her. There are many things one could mean when proclaiming that something, or someone, ‘saved my life.’ Sometimes we mean that our very breath […]

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A Song Parts the Veil of History

Reading Time: 3 minutesConvivencia is the coexistence of different faiths in Spain, in early eighth century till the expulsion of Jews in 1492. It celebrates the common ancestry of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The shared heritage s lost in the mists of time. Here’s a report by Joyce. History hides behind many veils and waits to reveal itself only […]

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