January 8, 2012

L.Subramaniam and Global Fusion

By - on 08/01/2012 at 5:58 pm

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The world music circuit in India for 2012 kicked off in fine style with the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, starting off in Bangalore and then moving on to Chennai, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Trivandrum and Kollam through the month of January. The Bangalore concert on a Saturday evening was also followed by a workshop the following Sunday morning, a real treat! As part of a 20-year tradition, violin maestro L. Subramaniam brought musicians from around the world for a treat of world music dialogues and jam. The annual concert series is…

September 27, 2011

Bangalore a victim of illogical, unclear rules

By - on 27/09/2011 at 7:36 am

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We have no reason to panic – there is no ban on live music in Bangalore. Not yet. However, Bangalore has been a victim of several illogical and unnecessary rules and it angers me that each time we have had to bow under pressure and conform to them. Despite having more pressing concerns at hand, our local authorities seem greatly concerned about ‘issues’ like renaming our city to ‘Bengaluru’, forcing a ban on dancing in places that serve liquor, issuing notices against loud music, flashy lights and live performances all…

September 23, 2011

Bangalore Venues Come Under Police ‘Notice’

By - on 23/09/2011 at 12:19 pm

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The recent talks doing the rounds about an imminent ban on live music in Bangalore city started when the local police slapped a notice on pubs and restaurants in the city that conduct live music performances. It all started when the local police stations received the notice (attached below) along with a list of ‘offenders’ , who needed to be served this notice. This happened in parallel in places all over the state. Local police stations in Bangalore have been serving the notice to offenders in their jurisdiction “ Zero-G…

September 11, 2011

My Little Guitar Club

By - on 11/09/2011 at 11:38 am

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In my formative years as a bits and pieces guitar player I was really hungry to go meet people, learn and imbibe stuff and basically improve. Guess what, other than the used paper shops there was not an iota of inspiration in the great city we called Bombay then. It’s pretty much the same now and if it were not for the free bookstores and videos on the internet the abyss would be absolute reality. As I tried to combine my shaky fundamentals with randomly borrowed material I kind of…

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Photo Credits: Chethan Ram “With what attentive courtesy he bent Over his instrument; Not as a lordly conqueror who could Command both wire and wood, But as a man with a loved woman might, Inquiring with delight What slight essential things she had to say Before they started, he and she, to play.” The Guitarist Tunes Up’ by Frances Conford (1886-1960) I’ve always loved this poem. Today though, it reminds me of some of the changes that have happened over the years. When I started playing the guitar in Calcutta…

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The concept of Indian Music Conference was appealing to everyone in the music community – bringing together musicians and fans from across the country to discuss and improve the growing music scene in the country together. Conferences, guitar clinics and performances were to flock the grounds of Goa at different venues between the 17th and 20th of November. The performances included DJs from across the world, rock and metal acts including Cynic, Hacride, Leaves Eyes, Cyanide Serenity and the country’s finest bands. IMC Canned! While fans waited on the beaches…

April 23, 2011

Where’s all the new music going?

By - on 23/04/2011 at 5:53 am

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It’s 2011. Yes, over a decade since the big Y2K thing that was meant to represent the future. It’s a beautiful year and technology in all directions is doing bigger leaps everyday - Bangalore may even get decent 3G and a rail system 50ft above the ground! So why is it then, that at almost every pub and restaurant, every new band is doing covers, and our beloved radio station, is completely obsessed with the 60s – 80s? Yes it was an awesome time for music; it was a revolution. But…

April 12, 2011

Entertainment Tax and the Musician

By - on 12/04/2011 at 8:11 am

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While researching for this article; I began to realize that the situation with regard to musicians in our country differs from state to state, city to city and town to town. I understood this when I was directed by someone to check out a Facebook group that had people who were fighting the cause against entertainment tax, but had partially shifted their focus to “out of work musicians”. I joined their discussion – if you could call it one – with a lawyer who wanted to help out by getting…

January 6, 2009

Dommy

By - and on 06/01/2009 at 12:20 pm