Ila Paliwal: Navaratna

No one leaves a Holi Festival gathering looking the way they did on arrival. The highlight of the spring rite celebrating the triumph of good over evil is friends, family and strangers throwing colored powder and water on one another. The many-hued observance is a centerpiece of Navaratna (Nine Gems), Ila Paliwal’s album devoted to India’s multicultural festival calendar—nine holiday-named compositions based on classical ragas and a mix of traditional and western instruments, plus Paliwal’s … More Ila Paliwal: Navaratna

Arijit Singh: Soulful Voice

Hollywood playback singers are traditionally heard but not seen. In Bollywood, however, the performers whose voices appear on film soundtracks are often as renowned as the actors who appear on screen. Arijit Singh’s 30-track Soulful Voice may seem like a greatest hits album, but it’s actually a collection from just the first two years (2012-2013) of his career; while all the tracks are in Hindi, Singh has recorded in seven languages. His resonant … More Arijit Singh: Soulful Voice

Ghazalaw

Transcendental Orchestration…
Gwyneth Glyn sings and writes Welsh folk music. Tauseef Akhtar is a singer-composer from Mumbai and master of Indian ghazal, a traditional form of love poetry. Neither is the sort to compromise cultural integrity; nonetheless, they are clearly passionate about the affinities they discovered in their music. The extraordinary result is Ghazalaw—10 tracks, nine of which pair songs with parallel song-themes of unattainable and lost love. Akhtar sings in Urdu … More Ghazalaw