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28 October 1999

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Rap, rock and Abhijeet   New!
Anu Malik uses them all in good measure in Baadshah, the latest Shah Rukh Khan starrer   More

Oh oh it's from London!   New!
Kamaal Khan's Suno To Diwana Dil shares the orchestral finesse of Disco Deewane, but perhaps not so much its teenage charm   More

Style king's silver bash  New!
Rajnikanth entered cinema 25 years ago, and his fans will enter the millennium with an album of his songs, besides other commemorative merchandise   More

Dream girl, real boy  New!
Mast is about star craze. Sandeep Chowta makes light-hearted tunes, and is most comfortable with pop graces   More

Singing Meera in a boat
Dattatreya Garud shows that Meera can be sung in many unconventional ways   More

Comeback for the Kannada superstar
Rajkumar, the only singing hero in Indian cinema today, returns after six years with Shabdavedhi    More

Netaid webcast a partial success
Netaid's marathon 11-hour concert entertained millions worldwide, but many browsers were frustrated trying to log on    More

United we stand, united we sing!
Sooraj Barjatya, director of the wild hit Hum Aapke Hain Koun, is back with another multi-star drama, Hum Saath Saath Hain. 'Family values' rule not only on screen but in the songs as well   More

A family ventures into Indipop
They sound a bit like the Colonial Cousins, but they're actually real brothers! Saavariya is the debut offering of a group called 3 Brothers and a Violin    More

My anna and his violin  Special!
Lalgudi Jayaraman, for many India's greatest living violinist, has just turned 70. His sister talks about their childhood, his quest for perfection, and his love of steamed beans   More

Six songs for Ganesha
Balamurali the singer fails Balamurali the composer in his just-released Sarvasri    More

Yesudas finds remixes 'meaningless'
Remixers don't understand a song's original context, they just deck it up unthinkingly, says just feted Yesudas    More

Some salt, some spice
Now 5 gives you established hits from a host of international artistes    More

Poetry from the PM's pen
An over-rich, '80s film style orchestra accompanies Atal Behari Vajpayee's poetry in Nayi Disha. It's mostly ruminations on life and death    More

Nihalani in the masala market
Thakshak is Govind Nihalani's latest offering. It's got two good tunes from Rahman  More


Clouds in the sky, sunshine in his voice  Monsoon melodies
It's raining everywhere, and Kumar Gandharva takes you through the monsoon's various phases in this brilliant compilation    More

A popular exponent of lively jazz
Benny Goodman, son of a Russian Jew, came to be known as the King of Swing. Hear him in This is Jazz    More

The master from Madurai
Madurai Mani Iyer was one of the most stylish singers of Karnatak music   More

What fuels search engines?
Pop diva Diana Ross tops the Lycos 50 search list after she is hauled off an aircraft in London    More

High standards in a slapdash collection
Although the standard of After Hours is high and the artists are top-drawer, its sub-title, "best piano standards", is somewhat misleading    More

Much lively music, even some good jazz
Carnival Rhythms lives up to its promise of lively beats and lusty singing, but does not offer much in terms of improvisation   More

A handful of trumps from an all-time great
Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie is a dizzy selection of be-bop, Latin jazz, scat on the trumpet and vocals    More

Happenings on the awards scene
Who gets the coveted Sangeetha Kalanidhi award and the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar this year? Check it out    More

Your favourite magazine is a hit everywhere!
Hitbox thinks The Music Magazine is 'fantastic'. The Brittanica web guide recommends us. A wonderful e-zine, Shubha Mudgal tells MTV    More

On the review pages   Books

Explore the many moods of nationalism in Vande Mataram

Madhup Mudgal sets Kabir's mystical poems to music in Kabir

En Swaasa Kaatre is where Niagra rhymes with Viagra

Grahan or the eclipse throws up stars

Legends brings you the seductive voice of Asha Bhonsle

Beatles go Baroque takes you back in a musical time machine

Dil Kya Kare brings up Ajay and Kajol

Sukhwindara Singh sings a lilting number in 'crazy star' Ravichandran's Sneha

Rediscover the M S of 50 years ago inOld Gems

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

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A different line of control

Satyajit Ray, legendary film director, also composed music. In his book Our Films Their Films he writes about the rigourous discipline it takes to achieve artistic expression, and admits to an admiration for Bombay's film music composers

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