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Shailaja Khanna

Shailaja Khanna | What makes this festival in Kashi a treat for the soul

Performing at the temple is not easy — the recitals are interrupted by temple rituals at midnight and the break of dawn

15 May 2022 12:12 AM

Shailaja Khanna | Timeless ebullience and other musical secrets

This is the fascinating story of the origins of dance; a story that was preserved in stone and text over the centuries

10 Apr 2022 1:44 AM

Shailaja Khanna | My first brush with magical Marghazi

Realising that literally life stops for several hundred musicians of all types during these 30 days was awe inspiring

27 Feb 2022 1:14 AM

Book Review | A family of talented Pahari painters memorialised

The book is not merely about the paintings, (painted between 1800-1825 in Guler, or Kangra) but equally about the text that inspired them

29 Jan 2022 6:46 PM

Book review | Scholarly tribute to our artisans and their textiles

The section on fashion links the relevance of the hand crafted tradition to environmental concerns and sustainability

02 Jan 2022 11:50 AM


Shailaja Khanna | Thank you, Mother, for the clarity and the music

Listening to musicians with her was a unique experience as she pointed out aspects of the music that no one else did

12 Dec 2021 3:05 AM

Shailaja Khanna | What ‘democracy’ looks like in the world of classical music

With the lockdown, everything changed. This cosy circuit took no time to disintegrate

03 Oct 2021 12:30 AM

Shailaja Khanna | Temples, AIR, YouTube: Music’s long evolution

In north India prior to 1950, the main patrons of the arts were the rulers

15 Aug 2021 2:08 AM

Shailaja Khanna | What kept the maestros going during pandemic

All the musicians have made the best of the pandemic, taken the restrictions imposed on them in their stride

04 Jul 2021 12:15 AM

Shailaja Khanna | Old-world musicians need a helping hand

The passing away of several senior musicians due to the virus is another cause of depression in the community

23 May 2021 12:05 AM


Chronicled, the incredible journey of India’s shy, wry jazz king

Born in 1941 in war-torn Calcutta, Dambar Bahadur Budaprithi was re named “Louiz” to fit into the anglicised world of nightclubs

28 Mar 2021 9:48 AM

Ragas in the morning, with the slowly emerging winter sun

The recent concert by Vidushi Padma Talwalkar was a true eye opener.

17 Feb 2020 2:07 AM

A sublime saraswati veena baithak by Nirmala Rajasekar

Nirmala Rajasekar started her concert with a “varnam” in Raga Sahana, in Telugu, seeking divine grace.

12 Feb 2020 2:45 AM

Of dhrupads and the musical tradition of Swami Haridas and Mian Tansen

Tansen’s daughter Saraswati whom he taught, married a musician prince of repute — Raja Misri Chand, of the Chandravanshi Rajput lineage.

22 Jan 2020 7:12 AM

‘I dance for myself; my body and spirit is the vessel of my art’

Malavika is a most effective communicator, extremely lucid and cerebral, apart from having an easily perceivable highly evolved sensitivity.

02 Jan 2020 1:32 AM


A Classical Christmas

Indian Classical musicians too happen to be in a festive mood, and they have their repertoire to show for it.

27 Dec 2019 1:03 AM

A guitarist’s journey, and the genesis of his pushpaveena

On Saraswati Puja day, the instrument finally took shape, and I named it pushpaveena, in the honour of the goddess.

18 Dec 2019 2:16 AM

Paramparik festival looks to promote Indian classical music

The next concert was by Waseem Ahmed Khan, grandson of Ustad Ata Hussain Khan of the Agra gharana.

10 Dec 2019 5:37 AM

The legacy of the sarod

In the capital, the baton of a musical tradition is passed on to the next generation in spellbinding fashion.

05 Dec 2019 12:23 AM

Four masters and two jugalbandis in New Delhi

The main piece with “aalap” and “thanam” was again in a raga common to both systems — Jaijaiwanti, adopted in Carnatic music as Dwijawanti.

28 Nov 2019 2:28 AM