REVIEW: AR RAHMAN’S INTIMATE CONCERT IN SAN JOSE

    Oscar winner AR Rahman did not disappoint his audience, and it was surreal to watch and hear the adulation that he got from his audience in Silicon Valley. AR Rahman’s Intimate Concert Tour was a sold out event on June 11 and June 12 in San Jose. AR as he is known is on a… Continue Reading


VIDEO: SHILLONG CHAMBER CHOIR FUSES BOLLYWOOD + JAZZ

  “Baar Baar Dekho” means look and look again. I’d say listen and listen to this song again. This delightful  track is from Shillong Chamber Choir of India. They do a great job of fusing a 1962 Bollywood or Hindi song with a jazz standard ‘S Wonderful, by Gershwin brothers from the 1927 Broadway musical “Funny Face.”… Continue Reading


Dr. Salman Akhtar

PODCAST: HISTORY OF BOLLYWOOD With Dr. Salman Akhtar

Dr. Salman Akhtar talks about the 100 year old  history of Bollywood or Hindi cinema in this multi-part interview. What is different about Dr. Akhtar’s approach is he brings his trained psychiatrist eyes to the subject and helps us understand what socio-economics factors permeated and colored the narrative and story lines of filmmakers. And how films in turn… Continue Reading


Greg Booth

Podcast: Greg Booth on Indian Wedding Brass Bands

Prof. Greg Booth is a teacher, author & musician. In his book Brass Baja: Stories From The World of Indian Wedding Bands he takes us behind the scene into the world of the Indian brass band musicians, whose rich musical traditions and history has been largely ignored. It was way back back in the 17th century that the first wedding brass band made… Continue Reading