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Ennio Morricone (1928 – 2020)

July 6, 2020

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Whistling + solo trumpet + guitar + snare drums + chorus + dialogue from pulp heaven = wowza! The great arena scene from Sergio Corbucci’s THE MERCENARY (score by #EnnioMoricone and Bruno Nicolai). From when movies were not apologetic about swagger. Watching the opening scene of Roland Joffe’s THE MISSION on Devi theatre’s 70mm screen […]

Spirit of Humanity – a musical journey

June 22, 2020

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On June 26, the orchestral album “Spirit of Humanity” is set for a grand worldwide launch. Chennai-based composer Ganesh B. Kumar speaks about his journey. Dhahara Vidhya Foundation, a Chennai based non-profit charitable trust,  aims to spread ‘Peace and Harmony’ globally through music. The trust commissioned Ganesh B. Kumar to compose two orchestral works, and […]

Interview: Shruti Haasan

November 6, 2019

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Readers Write In #48: Clive’s Angels: Whitney and Phyllis, united in tragedy

September 5, 2018

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I usually do not find biographical documentaries about celebrities very interesting to watch. I mean fairly contemporary figures here as opposed to long dead legends who offer fertile ground for historians. They have a tendency to tell us what we already know or, at least, can find out with not much effort and veer to […]

A few favourite things

March 12, 2016

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Remembering the list song, 25 years after ‘Paththar Ke Phool’ gave us ‘Kabhi tu Chhalia lagta hai’. Some part of me dies every time a film from my school or college days celebrates a major anniversary – I’m talking about you, Paththar Ke Phool, now 25 years old – but this isn’t a how-time-flies- post. […]

Us and Them

November 21, 2014

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With a new Pink Floyd album out, Baradwaj Rangan reflects on the band’s longstanding popularity with kids across college campuses in India. So Pink Floyd have a new album out. It’s called The Endless River, which sounds about right for a Pink Floyd album. It’s the kind of name the band is so fond of, […]

When it was sixty-four

June 28, 2014

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‘A Hard Day’s Night’ turns 50 this July. It’s a great ticket to ride back to a swinging era… How does one truly get the Beatles? This isn’t about their music, which, like any music, doesn’t belong to any single generation, even the one that it was birthed in. We do, after all, listen to […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Dancing about architecture”

October 11, 2013

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Thoughts on the background score in the movies, and the difficulty in writing about them. One kind of response you get used to as a critic is the but-how-could-you-not-mention… This usually comes from aggrieved fans of an actor who is not mentioned in the review (or mentioned only in passing, in a pair of parentheses […]

‘A’ for Agam

November 20, 2012

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With loose locks cascading down his back and a tendency to raise a leg while pulling off vocal feats, Harish Sivaramakrishnan, the frontman of Agam, came off like he was auditioning for the part of Shiva in the film adaptation of The Immortals of Meluha. He had the attitude too. Noticing that the full house […]

A Diva Dies

February 13, 2012

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Whitney Houston, August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012. In the nineteen-eighties and nineties, every schoolgirl who ever ascended a competition stage to showcase her vocal chops sought refuge in the Whitney Houston oeuvre. Houston, the 48-year-old R&B star who regularly stormed the pop charts and who died last Saturday from undisclosed causes, was to […]

Between Reviews: The Day the Eighties Died

July 4, 2009

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THE DAY THE EIGHTIES DIED It’s bad enough that the new ‘Terminator’ movie annihilates memories of the original, and then Michael Jackson dies. What a terrible time for the thirtysomethings of today! JUL 5, 2009 – THE GENIUS OF THE TERMINATOR MOVIES is the simplicity of the premise: the chase. In the film that launched […]

Between Reviews: For Old Times’ Sake…

March 21, 2009

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FOR OLD TIMES’ SAKE… MAR 22, 2009 – AFTER THE INEVITABLE BOUT OF HAND-WRINGING, the non-release of Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal in Chennai evolved into an opportunity for thanksgiving – for a Friday free of significant reviewing duties. Whatever the reason – perhaps the apprehension that the scornful critic’s sword might cleave a hapless film’s box-office […]

Ode to Joy Division

April 19, 2008

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ODE TO JOY DIVISION Ian Curtis is resurrected in a superb big-screen bio-pic that sounds great and looks even better, especially if you know very little about his band. APR 13, 2008 – HAD DON MCLEAN’S VINCENT NOT BEEN NAMED SO, had it not been such a readily identifiable tribute to van Gogh, it could […]

Between Reviews: P.O.T. (Pretty Old Thing)

February 16, 2008

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P.O.T. (PRETTY OLD THING) FEB 17, 2008 – DO YOU HAVE A PAPER BAG NEAR YOU? Good. Now, before you read any further, take deep breaths into it and count to ten slowly. Feeling calm? Okay, here’s the news (and you’d better be sitting down for this): Thriller has been re-released to commemorate its twenty-fifth […]

Interview: Eric Truffaz

February 18, 2007

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BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND Jazz trumpeter Eric Truffaz sits down for a conversation and begins with a deep intake of breath – literally. FEB 18, 2007 – IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT I’VE FOUND MYSELF perched on a parapet wall alongside a world-renowned jazz trumpeter – but there I am with Eric Truffaz, outside the auditorium […]

A Jethro Tull Flashback

January 29, 2006

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GONE WITH THE REWIND Two upcoming concerts have me heading back to music from long ago – and not so long ago. JAN 29, 2006 – AS IS THE CASE WITH MOST OF US who bought way too much music when we were younger and spending our parents’ money – and have since cut down […]

Interview: JJ Milteau

November 20, 2005

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THE BLUES BROTHER Can music be chewed? Baradwaj Rangan finds out in a conversation with Jean-Jacques Milteau. NOV 20, 2005 – WHEN YOUNGSTERS WITH TALENT IN THEIR HANDS and stars in their eyes begin to contemplate careers in instrumental music, they probably see themselves seated in front of a grand piano, enveloped in a force […]

A U2 Flashback

December 5, 2003

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ROCK OF AGES U2 are out with a new album. What better time to remember their enduring music? DEC 5, 2003 – THERE’S MUSIC, THE KIND YOU LISTEN TO, hum along with or tap your heels to, music you simply enjoy. Play. Stop. Maybe, occasionally, rewind. Then there’s music, the scarily exhilarating kind that’s created […]

A Stones Flashback

March 23, 2003

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TIME IS ON THEIR SIDE As the ageless Rolling Stones get ready to rock India, here’s looking at their enduring appeal. MAR 23, 2003 – HIS SATANIC MAJESTY MAY NOW ANSWER to Sir Michael Philip Jagger, but the Rolling Stones never got any respect in the early days. The media had apparently decided that only […]