Rajan Parrikar Music Archive

Ramrang @ 90

A concert has been arranged on August 11 at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi to mark Ramashreya Jha‘s 90th birth anniversary. Shubha Mudgal, Dr. Aneesh Pradhan, and Sudhir Nayak are slated to perform. Details in the announcement below.

Contact Dr. Ram Shankar at ramshankarsingh7@gmail.com for additional information.

An Old Photo

I came across this photo in the book Maa…Siddheshwari by Savita Devi and Vibha S. Chauhan (Roli Books, 2000). Except for the names below, no other metadata (such as the name of the photographer, context, location, year) is recorded.

I thought the image was already somewhere on the web but a brief Google Image search drew a blank. Perhaps it is there and shows up with the right set of keywords. At any rate, I thought I would place it here.

PS: In the background are portraits of Abdul Karim Khan and (what looks like) Alladiya Khan.

Archival Photo

Front row (l-r): B.R. Deodhar, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Amir Khan, Thirakhwa, Siddheshwari Devi, Bal Gandharva
Source: Maa…Siddheshwari by Savita Devi and Vibha S. Chauhan

Kishore Kumar – 30 Years On

I shall never forget the afternoon of October 13, 1987: AIR delivered the news flash that Kishore Kumar had passed away.

Popular music is intrinsically generational: every prevailing mode of the day is consigned to obscurity when a new fashion takes over. It is extremely rare for practitioners of popular music or their style to survive this cyclic churn.

Kishore‘s adbhuta artistry and voice, however, were “not of an age, but for all time.” Of his Indian contemporaries, he is the only one most likely to appeal to generations yet unborn.

Kishore Kumar and Rajan Parrikar

A Treasured Memory – Panjim, March 1986
Photo by: Gourish Nadkarni

From the unfinished/unreleased NEELA AASMAN (1959), composed and sung by Kishore Kumar:

Kishori Amonkar (1932-2017)

The passing of a great Goan.

Kishori Amonkar & Mogubai Kurdikar

Kishori and Mogubai at their temple in Curdi, Goa

Photographer unknown; Photo source: Wind of Fire – The Music and Musicians of Goa by Mário Cabral E Sá, Promilla & Co Publishers, 1997.