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Gopal returns, says Veerappan is changing hide-out   Flash
R Gopal says he had nearly convinced Veerappan to release Dr Rajkumar and other hostages when one of them, Nagappa, escaped   More

Geetmala may return soon   New
Ameen Sayani is working on reviving Binaca Geetmala, the most popular countdown programme in Indian radio history    More

He nurtures jazz classics   New
Frank Dubier, Chennai's star trumpeter, breathes the classics and leads a band that's now treating Bangaloreans to great jazz    More

Belling the copy cats   New
Mumbai film producers plan to deny work to singers who casually take popular tunes and record their own cover versions    More

'Can you peel away nakedness?'   New
In Scribbles on Akka, Ilaiyaraja snatches Akka Mahadevi away from classical musicians, and attempts to give her blazing genius to a pop generation    More

Look back at a dark age   New
Era 2, by the French guitarist and composer Eric Levi, recalls the Cathartic dissent, and, like Enigma, mixes medieval chants with rock and pop harmonies    More

'I'm a chaloo girl'   New
Patelscope is a romp with Dewang Patel singing bawdy, funny, pointlessly rhyming Hindi parodies of the dance hits of Aqua, Vengaboys and Ricky Martin    More

Indian-African jazz on a world tour   New
Trilok Gurtu and Amit Heri, India's jazz luminaries, are touring the world with two African musicians. They've just dazzled South Africa, where jazz represents the anti-apartheid spirit, and will soon play before European and US audiences    More

R Vedavalli Sangita Kalanidhi title for R Vedavalli   New
The Madras Music Academy nominates for its highest honour a 63-year-old vocalist who never compromises. In an exclusive interview, Vedavalli retraces her career and says "tradition is like family"    More

Good funk jazz with some not so good stuff   New
The theme of Bluebreak Beats is soul or funk jazz, a school influenced by R&B (rhythm and blues) a.k.a. black rock-and-roll    More

Shubha Mudgal Can you hear the song within her heart?   New
Man ke Manjeere, featuring Shubha Mudgal, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Diwaliben, Rukmabai and Antara Chowdhury, is about the chimes within women's hearts, and the anxiety to ensure that they are not muted    More

Fine album from a lone ranger   New
There's no Dire Straits reunion in sight. Mark Knopfler, the group's guitar wiz, voyages forth all alone in Sailing to Philadelphia    More

Hrishikesh Mukherjee, man on the balcony   New
This year's Dadasaheb Phalke award winner describes himself as one who prefers to gaze at the stars rather than peer into the gutter. A look at the music of the man who feels Mani Ratnam "overdecorates" his films with songs    More

Kashmir on Vidhu Vinod Chopra's agenda  New
The maker of 1942 A Love Story is back with Mission Kashmir, and is still pining for his favourite composer, R D Burman    More

Your favourite Hindi tunes in site  New
A pianist launches Notation Nest, a website to guide along hobbyists who want to learn to play their favourite Hindi film songs on the guitar or the keyboard    More

Greats take time off for some fun   New
Hot Summer Swing finds mainstream jazz masters letting their hair down, and in the bargain you get a feast of Latin jazz    More

An impetus to poetry and music   New
The Kannada bhavageete takes centre-stage again, thanks to a government agency with a poetry lover at its helm. Singers all over the world can compete for the Nityotsava award and win a trip to Bangalore    More   MSIL Nityotsava contest last date extended to Sep 30 Click here for rules

Mountain melodies on a pop album   New
Piya Basanti deserves applause for trying out the never-before combination of Ustad Sultan Khan and Chithra    More

The warmth of the violin   New
Yehudi Menuhin showed the humanity of the wooden violin against the clang of the industrial age and the heartlessness of the computer age. Excerpt from an important new book    More

Stop crawling, Supreme Court tells Krishna   New
The supreme court raps the Karnataka government for giving in to Veerappan's blackmail    More

The elements on a snazzy spin   New
Rhythm, A R Rahman's latest album, bears his stylish stamp as he represents the earth, water, air, fire and space, but it can hardly claim classic status    More

Light under a bushel  New
Great trumpet solos are drowned by wishy washy rock and pop sounds in The Best of Donald Byrd    More

Sounds from the Star Wars world   New
Century Seasons is a seamless musical essay in the tradition of the cult film Star Wars    More

A sabha's bouquet for MS
Hamsadhwani celebrated its 10th birthday with an eclectic festival featuring Karnatak and Hindustani stars, and a harikatha about M S Subbulakshmi    More

Gamaka-rich music for a film on Bharati  I-Day special
Bharati, filmed by an IAS officer, celebrates the nationalist poet's life with an acoustically lavish but stylistically restrained score by Ilaiyaraja    More

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Some recent stories   Interview

Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya shows Ismail Darbar's flair for orchestral colour

Jam Session tells you what this thing called jazz is

Marc Antony brings a ghazal-like pessimism to Latin

Addicted to heroin, the brilliant sax player Charlie Parker died at 35

Actor Prashanth sings awfully in Parthen Rasithen

Music composer Kalyanji leaves a legion of friends who remember his generosity

Bombay Jaishree feels Subramania Bharati's best songs are still not popular

Ghaath shows Anu Malik in reasonable form

Hariharan's Kaash gives you at least three lovely numbers

Kandukondain Kandukondain has more classical overtones than any previous Rahman score

  Lonely in
Los Angeles

Memories of Lord Yehudi colour a new novel by Lionel Rolfe, musician turned journalist. In an exclusive interview, Rolfe talks about the themes in his book -- death, love and the greatness of his uncle's music -- and his own loneliness as a leftist and classical music lover in LA


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