I will be doing a presentation on appreciating Indian Classical Music in Columbus in July. There will be a short speech (with visual presentation) followed by a Carnatic concert. Do come if you’re in town. You need to register for this event. This is part of a series, Music Appreciation at the Library.
My latest program BHAKTHI – a musical journey with mystics will be presented at the Unnati Centre Bangalore on Sunday 2nd July at 5 pm.
For more details on this program, please go to the BHAKTHI Facebook page.
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My latest program BHAKTHI – a musical journey with mystics comes to Detroit. The concert will be preceded by a short talk in which I discuss mysticism, the role of music and how mystics across time and cultures have evolved a shared experience that speaks to us even today.
Prof Mark Stone from Oakland U will be joining us on the kanjira for the concert.
Hope to see you all there.
Growing up, I went through a phase of listening to ghazals and Hindi film music. That proved to be the exception rather than the norm. The last twenty-five years I focused solely on Carnatic – or south Indian classical music. I suspect I avoided delving too deep into Hindustani music, lest it influence my own rendition of Carnatic ragas. Luckily the last four months I’ve taken a different trajectory listening, even immersing myself into a variety of Indian music genres across languages and regions.
RaagTime, my show on Indian music that launched recently on Columbus community radio, airing on Sunday afternoons, is the primary reason for this major change. When my friend Shoba Narayan and I launched HumRaag last year, was when I listened to (and began appreciating) Indian film music. Now with RaagTime, which intends to introduce Indian music to a wider audience, including one that may never have heard any Indian music I’ve had to explore the facets behind many an Indian music genre — from classical to bhajan to Bollywood and more.
Every episode of RaagTime begins with a peppy movie song and revolves around a theme. The introductory episode of RaagTime begins with the song Jai Ho from the movie Slumdog Millionaire. This A.R.Rahman number went on to win an Academy award that year.
In one episode we hear the sounds of musical instruments played in Hindustani and Carnatic music concerts while another episode taps into folk songs from different regions. A couple of episodes takes us on a tour of India while we listen to movie songs from every state and learn about local cuisines and history. For example a Rajasthani movie song is preceded by references to deserts, royal palaces and dhaal baati churma.
Do join me in this journey as we discover the fascinating musical heritage of India. Once the episodes are broadcast, they can heard as a podcast at the following link WCRS-RaagTime.
I’m excited to announce the kickoff of my new project – RaagTime – a radio show about Indian music on Columbus Community radio WCRS 102.1 and FM 98.3.
In RaagTime we’ll discover and explore the classical music of India and its contribution to popular music. The program showcases the entire spectrum of Indian music – from classical music to folk, to Indian movie music from Bollywood and beyond. Instrumental and regional music get as much coverage as mainstream and vocal music.
RaagTime airs on Sundays from 3 to 3:30 pm EST. The show can be heard in real time at the station’s website. For those who can’t listen in at showtime, each episode can be heard as a podcast – available online. The show will be re-broadcast on Saturdays at the same time (3:00-3:30pm).
I’d love it if you can spread the word and listen in as well. Your feedback on RaagTime would be greatly appreciated. Please send me mail at
I am giving a concert at the Sai Temple in Columbus OH on Saturday the 21st of November at 2 pm and will be accompanied by Sushmita Ravikumar (v) and Subramanian Krishnamurthy (m).
This is a free concert.