Archive for March, 2016

Check your Tech, Kerala!

Written by on in Dance (Film) Music, Invitation, Kerala

I’m looking forward to singing with Pritam and the Coke Studio Ensemble at NIT Calicut in Kattangal, near Kozikhode in Kerala on Saturday, April 2, 2016. We’ll be performing many of Pritamda’s Bollywood hits for staff and students of this esteemed institute of higher education, as part of their 3-day NITC RAGAM 2016 festival. The […]

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N. Bengal nature scene

Written by on in Bengal, Inspiration

Courtesy of gifted photgrapher Dr F. Zaman, a taste of the north countryside in W. Bengal. People may guess that with such a large populace, all of India is overcrowded. Not so! Rural isolation still happens in India. It may take a fair amount of driving and hiking to reach, but many would insist it’s well […]

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India-Bangla Thriller!

Written by on in Sport (Fitness)

Wow! India took the match by one run!! Valiant effort by both sides!! #BengaluruBlues

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Mohe Rang Do Laal

Written by on in Indian (Music) History, My views

Here are some of my personal faves: “Mohe Rang Do Laal” sung by the great Shreya Ghoshal and picturised by the also very great Deepika Padukone (fr. S. L. Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, 2015). Pure Bliss! Well done, ladies!! I suggest that we also support D.P.’s brilliant Live, Love Laugh Foundation site! Girl, you’re not alone ☻ ☺! (A […]

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Thrilled to be billed with greatness!

Written by on in Auckland, Film (Music) History

Bengali: আমি শুধু কাল্পনিক গায়ক-সুরকার সঙ্গীত পরিচালক প্রীতম চক্রবর্তী সঙ্গে একটি পর্যায় ভাগ সম্মানিত করছি? Hindi: मैं बस महान गायक-संगीतकार संगीत निर्देशक प्रीतम चक्रवर्ती के साथ एक मंच साझा करने के लिए सम्मानित कर रहा हूँ! English: I AM honored simply to share a stage with the great singer-composer music director Pritam Chakraborty! Thanks so much […]

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Kolkata Biryani is some of the best!

Written by on in Kolkata, My views

Although I’ve traveled through many parts of India and a few places abroad, I think that surely Kolkata’s is some of the best Biryani. If Biryani is new to you, here are a few quick facts: Biryani, like stew or masala, means different things to different cooks. It always includes rice (usually basmati), and may […]

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Life: Tasks or Celebration?

Written by on in Mumbai

Over the centuries, what we now take for granted in Indian cinema has been developed through a collaboration of music and dance (like Rahis Bharti’s BMO seen in this YouTube video), as well as storytelling. Storytelling could be factual or fanciful. I’ll refrain from editorializing here. I simply want to celebrate the celebrations that draw us […]

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My Deep Gratitude continues!

I am quite delighted that 2015 turned out to not disappoint… as promised in 2014 right here on

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Pahadi Dhun (for meditation)

A taste of Indian flute (bansuri) playing a lovely raag, as recorded on YouTube in two parts, performed by Indian classical masters. So peaceful!

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