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Jazz Corner: Is Music a Perception or is it Quality?

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In a music world increasingly proliferated by the ‘mass entertainment’ festival, how do we strike the perfect balance between enjoying the music and experiencing the atmosphere?

Gig Review: Zakir Hussain, Niladri Kumar Honor Vanraj Bhatia

Zakir Hussain, Niladri Kumar and Rakesh Chaurasia paid tribute to celebrated composer Vanraj Bhatia at NCPA Mumbai.

Several celebrated musicians from across the country gathered at NCPA Mumbai to honor the veteran composer

Gig Review: Zakir Hussain Presents Abhisaran

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Prithvi Theatre’s 33rd Memorial Concert saw Louiz Banks, Sanjay Divecha, Niladri Kumar and more join the tabla maestro for an indo-jazz fusion treat

Festival Review: Colombo Jazz Festival 2017

London-based jazz vocalist Vanessa Haynes impressed with her powerful voice.

Despite repeated disruptions due to the weather, the festival managed to impress with a lineup that featured Mud Morganfield, Incognito and more

Jazz Corner: Jazz Piano to the Fore

Nat 'King' Cole. Photo:  William P. Gottlieb/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

From Nat ‘King’ Cole to Chick Corea to Count Basie; a look at some of the finest jazz pianists

Al Jarreau: The Passing of a One-Off Musician

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Jarreau evolved a style very much his own and specialized in singing the fast but wordless sounds of bebop jazz, earning him the tag, Acrobat of Scat

Festival Review: Mahindra Blues Festival, Mumbai

Supersonic Blues Machine with Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons steals the limelight; Quinn Sullivan’s lukewarm show; Janiva Magness’s Grammy which wasn’t to be

Festival Review: Ranthambore Festival, Rajasthan

Darpana Academy of Performing Arts put up a show that was a melange of different Indian folk dance forms. Photo: Courtesy of Ranthambore Festival

The three-day festival had everything from exquisite classical music, panel discussions, films and more

Zila Khan: ‘Folk and Indigenous Music is Endangered in India’

The acts at Ranthambore Festival will include Mumbai-based singer Zila Khan. Photo: Saadiya Kochar

The renowned classical vocalist and artistic director of the upcoming Ranthambore Festival discusses the urgent need for preservation of arts

Ranthambore Festival to be Held in Rajasthan, and it’s Free!

Photo: Courtesy of Ranthambore Festival

The first edition of the event will take place on January 27th-29th; to feature artists like Zila Khan, Rajeev Raja, Maati Baani and more

"Tamacun" (Rodrigo y Gabriela) by Shruti Naik & Ashar Kazi


  • March 26th, 2017 Bandcubator ft Scriptures in the Attic, Nobody’s Fool, Inthenow, Corner Cafe Chronicles, Circle of Fifths in Pune at High Spirits
  • March 26th, 2017 The Grand Mammoth Festival ft. The Down Troddence, Eccentric Pendulum, Demonic Resurrection, Elemental and Hellwind in Mumbai at AntiSocial
  • March 26th, 2017 Ame (Live) in Bengaluru at Tao Terraces
  • March 27th, 2017 Undying Inc., Jammers Graveyard in Guwahati at Terra Mayaa
  • March 27th, 2017 Play It By Ear in New Delhi at Piano Man Jazz Club



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