Filed under Music and Dance

Signature Tunes – 1

Signature Tunes – 1

This Sunday, Times Now, which is usually an unbelievably shrill television news channel, broadcast an outstanding episode of its show, Total Recall on classical songs in Hindi cinema. Total Recall is one of those rare shows on the telly these days that celebrates the magical tunes of the years gone by. Watching songs come alive once again, albeit on … Continue reading

The gift of stories

The gift of stories

Just before he began his famous ‘mayur gat’ (a gat is the depiction of a style of walking in Kathak) at the NCPA Mudra festival, Pandit Birju Maharaj spoke about how no one save for his father ever attempted this dance piece, so perfect was the latter’s embodiment. Even Maharajji’s uncles desisted from performing the … Continue reading

Sexy, a la 1950s

Howrah Bridge had one of the strangest movie posters I have ever seen. A pair of legs (maybe male, maybe female) straddle the title and the rest of the space is crammed with faces. Ashok Kumar pulls off a Bond-esque pose with a lit cigarette and a revolver, Mehmood looks hopelessly young and lost, there’s a … Continue reading

The IPL Opening Nite

Ideally, this post should have been categorised as a sporting one. But since such a category doesn’t exist, and the event doesn’t really redeem itself as a sporting one, it’s easy to classify it as a music-and-dance post. If the IPL Opening Nite is any standard of the event that is to follow, I am … Continue reading

Dance like a river

Dance like a river

There can be few sights as calming to the restless mind as walking on the banks of a river. Whether it is a churning rapid or a serene drift, a river is worshipped in India, and across many cultures of the world, for the richness it brings to human life. It waters our lands and … Continue reading