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Rain and the smell of Indian earth
Shubha Mudgal's Ab ke Sawan paints a vibrant picture
of life, love and the rain. In its music, poetry and attitude,
it redefines Indian pop   More

Lament for the Indian soldier
Gangubai Hangal, legendary vocalist, grieves for the men on the battlefield More

Where's the spice, girl?
In Schizophonic, Geri Halliwell intelligently explores good and evil, but the Spice Girls magic is missing    More

Oh these faithless relationships...
'I looked in the mirror and was consoled/ At least someone in this house recognises me!' Gulzar's poetry in Marasim reflects gentle resignation in the face of crumbling relationships   More

A heart given, a music composer gained
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam draws on the folk music of Gujarat and Rajasthan and presents it with Mumbai masala    More

Window to a master's intense art
A double album brings together some of the finest studio recordings in the career of Bhimsen Joshi    More

Male, female, e-mail
Kadalar Dinam means Valentine's Day. No pigeons, no snail mail please, this movie swears by love via the Net    More

'Taal' boy on a binge
A R Rahman's Taal is rich in acoustic percussion. It is flamboyant, intelligent music, but when will he give us some raag?    More

Ghazals and gunrunning
In Sarfarosh, Hindi cinema for the first time casts a musician in the mould of a villain. Is there a wrong note somewhere?   More

Beating the pirate at his own game
Lahari, south India's biggest recording company, stuns pirates
with a price cut. It's just Rs 20 for an original cassette now    More

Portraits of the classical masters
The gentle, witty memoirs of Mysore Vasudevacharya, composer of such concert favourites as Brochevarevarura, are now available in English    More

On the review pages   Guru's choice

Sanjeev Darshan make their debut with a heady song in Mann

A R Rahman's Padaiyappa is Narasimha in Telugu, and a political vehicle for Rajnikanth

The Best of Tchaikovsky is a selection from the romantic oeuvre of the great Russian composer

Jatin-Lalit prove their versatility again in Sarfarosh

Hamsalekha returns to his trademark ribaldry in Preethsod Thappa?

Santhanam at the Fort High School with an ebullient Shanmukhapriya

Billie Holiday, one of the three great female vocalists of the swing era of jazz, sings from the heart

Jaaved Jaffrey is the real Mum-boy among the Bombay Boys

KVN chooses undistinguished compositions: where's the old master?

Hear Louis Armstrong, king of jazz, in a neat retro

Tango: Richard Clayderman offers a Spanish delight

My Love is Your Love, Whitney Houston's first album in eight years, is phenomenal

Ilaiyaraja returns to form with Nilave Mugamkattu

Three years of countdown hits -- all on HMV hits

Backstreet Boys are back with a mature Millennium

Fun Songs features Rafi singing for jumping heroes like Shammi Kapoor and Biswajeet

Sooryavamsham, the latest Amitabh starrer, brings you two good tunes from Anu Malik

More reviews

Master of melancholy

He couldn't yodel like Kishore Kumar, or do a Yahoo! like Rafi. Mukesh haunts you simply with his understated pain. A five-cassette compilation brings you his best tunes. And a lump to your throat.


The ground beneath his feat

Rushdie captures some cadences of Indian speech in his English, but hides his ignorance of Indian music behind an arrogant rhetoric

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