Is the ‘new’ Jimi Hendrix album dated? It’s a valid question not only because all but one of the dozen tracks in this album were recorded in 1969 (one song was recorded in 1967), but also because most of the numbers, in other takes and forms, have been around, scattered in previous releases since the extraordinary guitarist-songwriter-singer’s death in 1970. Indrajit Hazra writes.
György Ligeti, known to most folks with good ears as the Hungarian composer whose music Stanley Kubrick extensively used in his film 2001: A Space Odyssey, wrote Atmosphères in 1961 for large orchestra. Indrajit Hazra writes.
The reaction of the authorities at Aliah University have been remarkably similar to that of liberal members of society at large. ‘It’s the Muslim burqa we’re talking about here. Indrajit Hazra writes.
You don’t have to be a Kashmiri pundit to realise that a new generation of Kashmiris are thrashing out against a high-handed ‘shut up or we shoot’ force, writes Indrajit Hazra.
is in Tibet. While beating down altitude sickness and the urge to talk about the Dalai Lama, he brings you the little bits he gets to see over the next four days in Lhasa.
It's a bit like our Lassi festival. Ok, so we don't have a Lassi festival, but the lines of people winding their way up to the Drepung monastery to celebrate Shoton, the Tibetan Yogurt festival, have all the signs of a Kumbh.
'Beware of bumping into things' warns the sign above the door of the Residence of Lungsha. I'm inside the sprawling grounds of the Potala Palace, the old winter headquarters of the Dalai Lama that in its rectangular grandeur is a red-and-white version of Castle Dracula overlooking Lhasa city.
I’m feeling a bit uncomfortable sitting inside 61-year-old Pasang’s living room in Sangzhulin village outside Lhasa, sipping on barley wine she’s served. Her face, with its creased lines, is a picture of radiant grandmotherly comfort.
A simple Independence Day advice: Don’t ask what you can do for your country. Ask what your country can do for you, writes Indrajit Hazra.
There was a Vegas showgirls evening air to the launch of Raghav Bahl's first book, Superpower? Frontseaters at the event in Delhi's Taj Mahal hotel included Congressman-turned-walking bazooka Mani Shankar Aiyar sitting next to human-turned-Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari. Indrajit Hazra writes.
Is there anything wrong with rural populations wanting — rather than being forced — to move to urban settings? Indrajit Hazra ponders.
I don't think you have to be my shrink or share a bed with me to realise that I have a fondness for what Mozart called 'A little loud music'.
At 11 o'clock on Saturday morning, the 153rd anniversary of the 1857 massacre of travelling migrants by a Mormon militia at Mountain Meadows in Utah, America, I indulged in some good old book-burning. Indrajit Hazra writes.
Can you really put your well-scrubbed left hand on your heart and say that Bhanot is bull-shitting? Indrajit Hazra writes.
I’ve written about this band before when I happened to have stumbled on to one of their gigs in Calcutta many moons ago. Cassini’s Division on stage is a ferral, exciting phenomenon fronted by the raging-at-times, lilting-at-times Rahul Guha Roy.