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Soumya Vajpayee is the Senior Editor (Lifestyle & City) for Hindustan Times HT City (Mumbai and Pune) and writes on music, entertainment and lifestyle.

Articles by Soumya Vajpayee

Harish Bhimani: Ameen Sayani was my mentor, so empathetic

Voiceover artiste Harish Bhimani opens about his relationship with the late Ameen Sayani on his death and how he looked out for him from the start of his career

Harish Bhimani with the late Ameen Sayani
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 12:23 PM IST

(Exclusive) Badshah on debuting at Untold fest: It was a defining moment for me

As Badshah becomes the first rap artiste to perform at the Untold Festival, he talks to HT City exclusively about the act.

Badshah at the Untold Festival
Published on Feb 20, 2024 04:02 PM IST

Akriti Kakar on Basant Panchami: Since childhood, it has been a day of gratitude

Singer Akriti Kakar talks about her Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja rituals and why the days are important for her.

Akriti Kakar
Published on Feb 14, 2024 01:36 PM IST

Sonu Nigam on 25 years of Bijuriya: People go crazy about my step even now

As his 1999 hit clocks 25 years coinciding with HT City's 25th anniversary, Sonu Nigam shares why the song is among his favourites.

Sonu Nigam; (right) in Bijuriya
Published on Feb 07, 2024 04:33 PM IST

Satranga maker Shreyas Puranik: I wanted to get back on stage with my own song

The composer of the Animal hit song returns to his college for a show, accompanied by his singer-wife, Aishwarya

Shreyas Puranik and Aishwarya Bhandari
Published on Feb 06, 2024 12:21 PM IST

Amit Trivedi on 15 years of Dev.D: Thought it would be my first and last film

As the film clocks 15 years today, composer Amit Trivedi shares how he wasn't sure of how the soundtrack would be received, forget the cult status.

Amit Trivedi(Sharanyaa Nair/HT)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 12:02 PM IST

Shankar Mahadevan on Grammy win: I felt proud to represent India

Singer Shankar Mahadevan gets talking about his Grammy win.

Music composer Shankar Mahadevan, Selvaganesh (percussionist) and Ganesh Rajagopalan (violinist),
Published on Feb 05, 2024 04:41 PM IST

(Exclusive) Rakesh Chaurasia on winning two Grammys: It felt overwhelming

The flautist connects with HT City soon after the ceremony in Los Angeles to express his joy of winning two awards at his Grammy debut.

Rakesh Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 02:18 PM IST

(Exclusive) V Selvaganesh on Grammy win for Shakti: This Moment matters the most

Talking to HT City after the ceremony in LA, percussionist V Selvaganesh talks about winning the Grammy; calls it the ‘best moment of my life’

V Selvaganesh, Shankar Mahadevan and Ganesh Rajagopalan
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 02:19 PM IST

How musicians take care of physical and mental health amid constant touring?

With exhaustive travel and constantly changing geography for musicians tell us how they look after their health.

Sonu Nigam and Salim Merchant(Instagram)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 03:34 PM IST

(Exclusive) SANAM band drummer Keshav Dhanraj to marry Marcia on Valentine’s Day

SANAM band drummer Keshav Dhanraj will have a church wedding with Marcia D'Souza on February 14.

Keshav Dhanraj and Marcia D'Souza on the day of the proposal
Published on Jan 31, 2024 01:46 PM IST

Sonu Nigam: Felt my mum’s presence while singing at the Ram Mandir

The singer was the first person to perform during the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the Ram Mandir

Sonu Nigam at Ram Mandir
Published on Jan 24, 2024 11:41 AM IST

Shankar Mahadevan: Singing at Ram Mandir has been my most cherished experience

The musican performed a

Shankar Mahadevan singing at Ram Mandir
Published on Jan 24, 2024 11:37 AM IST

Talat Aziz, Harshdeep Kaur, Shreyas Puranik to enthral the audience in Mumbai

Several musicians will take the stage at a concert today to mark late politician Balasaheb Thackeray's 98th birth anniversary.

Talat Aziz and Harshdeep Kaur
Published on Jan 23, 2024 03:23 PM IST

MLA Santosh Sambre: Singing Ram bhajan at Rafi sahab’s home was magical

The politician-musician talks about his love for Mohammed Rafi and how he enjoyed singing the the late veteran's songs

Firdaus Rafi, Santosh Sambre and Shahid Rafi
Published on Jan 22, 2024 06:11 PM IST

Malini Awasthi at Ram Mandir Ayodhya: I fasted till the sthapana and aarti

Having been part of the celebrations in Ayodhya for a week, Padma Shri Malini Awasthi about her plans for the ceremony today.

Malini Awasthi
Published on Jan 22, 2024 12:21 PM IST

Sonu Nigam: I’ll be part a dinner hosted by the trustees of the Ram Mandir

The Padma Shri recipient talks about his prep for the Ayodhya visit and his love for devotional music.

Sonu Nigam
Published on Jan 20, 2024 04:48 PM IST

Ahead of Ram Mandir consecration, musicians go singing Ram bhajans

With just three days to go for the Ram Temple consecration in Ayodhya, we look at some recently released songs celebrating the deity.

Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 09:44 PM IST

Neeti Mohan: Indie music allows you to express yourself

Shagnaa singer Neeti Mohan loves the freedom independent music offers; says she is drawn towards good music, irrespective of the medium

Neeti Mohan
Published on Jan 18, 2024 06:56 PM IST

(Army Day) Sonu Nigam owes his career to Sandese Aate Hain, a song for the Army

On Army Day, Padma Shri Sonu Nigam talks about singing over 10 songs dedicated to the Army and his favourite song.

Sonu Nigam (Raju Shinde/HT)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 05:07 PM IST

Rahul-Disha: With Navya in our lives, this Makar Sankranti is extra special

In an exclusive shoot, musician Rahul Vaidya and Disha Parmar talk about Makar Sankranti and their excitement of celebrating the festival with their newborn.

Rahul Vaidya and Disha Parmar pose exclusively for HT City(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 04:54 PM IST

Ustad Zakir Hussain to receive Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Award

The tabla maestro will be honoured with the Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Award on January 17.

Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan
Published on Jan 14, 2024 05:24 PM IST

(Exclusive) B Praak on Lohri: My son enjoys Lohri the same way I did as a kid

Musician B Praak talks about his love for Lohri and how his son celebrates it with the same kind of enthusiasm.

B Praak
Published on Jan 13, 2024 04:03 PM IST

(Exclusive) Sanam Puri and Zuchobeni Tungoe are married: It feels great

In an exclusive chat with us after his wedding, musician Sanam Puri talks about his dreamy wedding and how it's the best feeling.

Sanam Puri and Zuchobeni Tungoe at their wedding
Published on Jan 11, 2024 05:08 PM IST

(EXCLUSIVE) OneRepublic: We are obsessed with India

OneRepublic lead vocalist Ryan Tedder says they cannot wait to visit India again.

Published on Jan 09, 2024 09:56 PM IST

Sonu Nigam: For me, turning 50 was the highlight of 2023

In the first-ever shoot at his Karjat farmhouse, Sonu Nigam talks about the year that saw him rock the film and non-film music space.

Sonu Nigam by the river at his farmhouse in Karjat(Raju Shinde/HT)
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 06:08 PM IST
BySoumya Vajpayee

Satranga composer Shreyas Puranik: People who wouldn't take my calls are now off

The composer of the chart-topping number Satranga from Animal says the song's success has turned things around for him.

Shreyas Puranik
Updated on Dec 26, 2023 12:44 PM IST
BySoumya Vajpayee

Raghav Mathur: Divine has been at the forefront of pushing India's rap scene

The musician talks about his recent collab with the rapper and how Indian artistes are looked at differently now.

Raghav Mathur
Published on Dec 22, 2023 12:09 PM IST
BySoumya Vajpayee

Indian musicians share their pre-concert rituals

From eating French fries to working out, musicians talk about their pre-concert rituals and how they help them thrive on stage.

Sonu Nigam and Dr Palash Sen
Published on Dec 20, 2023 01:21 PM IST
BySoumya Vajpayee

Akriti on taking stage 28 days after delivery: Blessed to have a strong support

Singer Akriti Kakar got back to performing at live shows less than a month after giving birth to son Mehraan.

Akriti Kakar
Published on Dec 07, 2023 12:50 PM IST
BySoumya Vajpayee
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