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Navv Inder launches ‘Tu Meri Ki Lagdi’

So far he has been known only for his completely different combination of mixing urban and desi music in the chartbusters, Wakhra Swag and Att Tera Yaar. Both videos, incidentally, have garnered over 80 million views on Youtube. Navv Inder is ready with his new song, which, in his own words is "unlike anything I have done before." The new age performer launched 'Tu Meri Ki Lagdi', in association with Times Music. "The song," says Navv Inder, "is a tribute to

July 2 – this day in history

Live 8 concert was a string of concerts that took place in the G8 cities across the world on July 2, 2005. These concerts were organised with the main aim of raising awareness about poverty. The concert aimed to highlight UK’s Make Poverty History campaign and the Global Call for Action Against Poverty. It was also meant to put pressure on the G8 leaders, who were to meet for a G8 conference in Scotland from 6th – 8th July so that they

Remembering the king of pop, Michael Jackson

With a career graph spanning more than four decades, the King of Pop, breathed his last on the unfateful date, June 25, 2009. The pop singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and record producer, Michael Jackson ruled the hearts of millions world over. He made his debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon. Apart from being a member of the Jackson 5 and giving several hits, MJ, became a solo performer in 1971. Michael Jackson has been credited

#Worldmusicday: Five musicians that inspired social change

Many musicians upheld the flag of social causes to alleviate suffering from war, civil rights, environmental abuse and homophobia. They have proved that music can be used as power change agent and as a medium for raising awareness on social issues. Choosing five out of the most iconic musicians is a task not many would be happy to do - but this is a personal favourites list. 1. John Lennon Lennon is perhaps the most popular poster boy who promoted social change

Bharangam2016: Parvateesham ban gaya Barrister

Fuelled with a lot of mixed emotions, Barrister Parvateesham is a beautifully crafted play. THN got to witness it at the ongoing Bharat Rang Mahotsav by the National School of Drama. Directed by Shiva Prasad Tamu, an NSD alumnus, the play is an adaptation of a famous Telugu novel of the same name. Set up in the pre-Independence era, it is the story of a young man inspired by Bipin Chandra Pal’s speech during the freedom movement. Parvateesham decides to become

Mumtaz Siddiqui, Pankaj Kapur and a Dopehri

As soon as I entered the Kamani auditorium, I was intrigued by the set up on the stage. It was all set and a curious audience was waiting for the showman of the day, Pankaj Kapur. Kapur has made a comeback on the stage almost after 18 years with Dopehri to take the audience into a different world with him. The auditorium lights went dim and there entered Kapur from the right side of the stage. He lights a lamp and

Ramayana, the puppet dance drama at BHARANGAM2016

Opened to a full house at the Sri Ram Centre, Ramayana shows the diversity and integrity of India in a true way. It was conceived by a man from Uttar Pradesh while in Mumbai with a theme that is entirely from Rajasthan. The play is a novel combination of ballet and puppetry. The artists with stylised movements, costumes and masks create an illusion of wooden puppets. Though the masks have faces, crowns and headgears painted on them but the skillful

Antigone at NSD’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2016

What a swift transition from page to stage it was! Even before the theatre commenced the actors were amidst the audience busy playing their roles with much elan. Sophocles of Kolones, one of the most famous and celebrated writer of tragedy plays in ancient Greece is credited with the authorship of the play 'Antigone'. 'Antigone', a production from Swapna Sandhani was all about a perfect synergy between the actors acting and direction. Upon her arrival at Thebes in Egypt, Antigone learns

Swachchh Bharat Abhiyaan with Kishan vs Kanhaiya

The 131st show of Kishan vs Kanhaiya directed by Umesh Shukla was staged at Siri Fort auditorium, New Delhi. The main actor Paresh Rawal pulls in the audiences and how. The show had to be seened to be believed - that such wit, command on such tricky situations, subtle language use could result in a gem of a show in Hindi. Seldom does one hear such applause from audiences; loud laughter could be heard and clapping at the right moment and smiles

Niladri Kumar – The changing face of sitar

Famed for inventing a ‘zitar’, Niladri Kumar has a repertoire ranging from traditional, classical compositions on the sitar. Zitar is a combination of guitar and sitar that aims at targeting the younger generation in India and popularise Indian classical music amongst them. He will soon be releasing his new album Sur Yajna (Universal Music Publishing Group). An email conversation reveals some interesting facets of the artist: Please tell us about your journey. I started playing sitar at the age of four under