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A composer too many!   New!
Hote Hote Pyaar Ho Gaya boasts of three composers, but the album's not any richer for them    More

Can 'crazy star' Ravichandran make music?   New!
Yes! And Chaiya chaiya sensation Sukhwinder Singh sings a lilting Kannada number in his Sneha    More

The pop route to mysticism   New!
Religious experience forms the theme in Inspirational Moments II. It features stars like Yanni and Vanessa Mae and hit groups like Enigma    More

Baalam, it's Taalam!
Subhash Ghai plans to dub his Taal in Tamil    More

The many moods of nationalism   I-Day special!
A R Rahman's Vande Mataram matches India's new image as a no-nonsense, macho nation. It is aggressive, whereas the old tune on All India Radio was prayerful    More

A Mistry story
Many say Amir Khusro introduced the tabla in the 17th century. Dr Aban Mistry says it is over 2,200 years old, and also talks about the trials of being a rare woman tabla player    More

Two songs from Rajkumar   New!
Rajkumar may not be acting, but he's been busy at the music studios. In Hrudaya Hrudayaa, the Kannada superstar sings for son Shivaraj Kumar   More

Hindi cinema from Javed's balcony
Did you know both Amitabh and Sanjeev Kumar wanted to play Gabbar Singh? Javed talks about it in a new book    More

Disco Saregama
Sonu Nigam's latest album Mausam is predominantly disco, the '80s dancefloor stlyle    More

So you thought love was a game?
Pyar Koi Khel Nahin, you know... And did you know a pop singer called Falguni Pathak has taken her hit song to the movies?    More

Bringing up Ajay and Kajol
Dil Kya Kare gives newly-weds Ajay and Kajol a family image, but there's nothing new about its music    More

Love in a gentle tremolo
Talat Mahmood almost missed the chance to sing the fabulous Jalte hain jiske liye because of the quaver in his voice. HMV presents his soft numbers in a five-tape compilation    More

Selections from a master pianist
Chopin's piano compositions abound in crafty arpeggios. They are a must in every pianist's copybook   More

Experiments of a rhythm man
Trilok Gurtu's Kathak is remarkable for its use of the harmonium in an unlikely setting   More

Paul McCartney turns disc jockey
The former Beatle plays his favourites on the BBC World Service    More

Vijay makes a singing debut
You knew Vijay as the latest heartthrob in Chennai. Nenjinile shows he can sing too   More

Me Tarzan, swinging to Collins
Phil Collins has moved from Genesis to film music. In his score for Tarzan, a Walt Disney animation movie, he uses great African rhythms    More

A legend before she became one
Old Gems gives you a glimpse of M S Subbulakshmi of 50 years ago. There's a patriotic fervour in these old songs    More

Rain raga from a maverick
M Balamuralikrishna freewheels up and down Amritavarshini and Kalyani    More

On the review pages   Books

Shubha Mudgal's Ab ke Sawan paints a vibrant picture of life, love and the rain

A double album brings together some of the finest studio recordings in the career of Bhimsen Joshi

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam draws on the folk music of Gujarat and Rajasthan

Kadalar Dinam means Valentine's Day. And the Net's the medium of love!

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

Gulzar's poetry in Marasim reflects gentle resignation in the face of crumbling relationships

Padaiyappa is Narasimha in Telugu, and a political vehicle for Rajnikanth

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