Indian music

6:45am

Wed July 2, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/2/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Happy Birthday Burman

R.D. Burman

July 2, 2014: R.D. Burman would have turned 75 last week and Bollywood threw a great birthday bash. 

Sandip and Kronos Quartet violinist David Harrington remember the great Burman.

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2:18pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/30/2014

Disco Dance of Indian Democracy

Bappi Lahiri at an election rally
sandip Roy

The Times of India newspaper called this Indian election a "Dance of Democracy." But for Sandip Roy it's more of a 'Disco' Dance of Democracy.

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6:45am

Wed April 23, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/23/2014

India's political jukebox

Drummers for the Congress Party
Sandip Roy

An Indian election campaign is not entirely unlike a Bollywood film. The heroes and villains might flip flop depending on your party preference.  But the script has all the ingredients of a good old Bollywood masala film.

Welcome to  Indian elections 2014 – the musical hits.

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6:45am

Wed November 20, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/20

The Magnetic Manna Dey

www.pinkvilla.com

Immigrants often feel much lonelier mourning the far away death of someone who was dearly beloved – a writer, an actor, a sportsman. But a singer is different. In the days before the Internet,  singers were the only parts of our growing up that we could carry with us into small towns across America. They were portable. They came on cassettes, the plastic covers cracked by the weight of our journeys. 

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6:45am

Wed October 23, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/23

The Sound of old India... available now!

Guhar Jaan sang on the first recording in India

Sandip Roy discovers the long lost sounds of Indian Music!

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