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Colossus of the Marathi Stage
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Colossus of the Marathi Stage TRIBUTE / MOHAN NADKARNI, Illustrated Weekly of India, June 21, 1987 A luminary whose musical incandescence set the tone for the renaissance of the art form. Mohan Nadkarni profiles the lonely genius.   I belong to a generation that was not destined to see Bal Gandharva at the height of his glory – as an actor-singer whose achievements in...

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Another time, another song
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Another time, another song Should the Jana Mana have been anointed the national anthem, especially since the dispute about Tagore dictating it in praise of the king Emperor has never been settled? Would the Vande Mattram, with its vivid images, not have been a more sensible choice?  The controversy continues Pandit V D Ambhaikar, who popularised Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s song during the struggle for...

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True Harmony – Khayyam
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Khayyam, the durable composer who created the memorable score for films like Kabhi Kabhie and Umrao Jaan, has just won the celebrated Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar. A tribute. Money is the last consideration for me. I have given up films halfway, whenever there has been any kind of pressure on me from the film-makers. MOHAN NADKARNI The Illustrated Weekly of India, October 8, 1988  For...

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Reflections on a golden voice: D V Paluskar
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Reflections on a golden voice: D V Paluskar Had death not cut down Dattatraya Vishnu Paluskar in his prime, the course of Hindustani classical music could well have been different. Even though his concert career was remarkably short, Paluskar created a unique style of music that has withstood the vagaries of time and changing audience states. MOHAN NADKARNI profiles the maestro who would have been...

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