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Raag Malkauns – Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar

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Getting to know Begum Akhtar

Padam Rosha EARLY in 1945 I went to Amritsar to attend the wedding of Gaur Kishore Kapur, a friend from our days together at Govt College, Lahore. He belonged to a rich family of wholesale cloth merchants from Dhab Khatikan … Continue reading

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Jogiya Khali Bali – Punjabi Song

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Begum Abida Parveen – Bulle Shah

Begum Abida Parveen sings some of the most well-known verses of Bulleshah. Abida’s voice enables the listeners to transcend the barriers of language, culture and creed and get transported to the plane of mystical ecstasy.

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Mesmerised by Mehdi Hasan

by Mukul Bansal AB ke hum bichde to shayad kabhi kwabon mein milein,/ Jis tarah sookhe huye phool kitabon mein milein.” (If we part this time, we may come across each other in dreams like dried-up flower petals falling out … Continue reading

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The inimitable, unfathomable K.L. Sehgal

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His life a hymn

The secular character of Hindustani music is best represented in Dagar bani. The senior most exponent of Dagar bani, Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Khan Dagar passed away on July 27, leaving behind a tradition of music that espouses spirituality, erudition and … Continue reading

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