The rise of the female Indian classical musician

Until the early part of the century, virtually all Indian female vocalists were from the courtesan tradition, and thus, held a less esteemed position in society (Neuman, 1980). Despite being just as gifted and talented as their male counterparts, they were never considered part of ‘respectable society,’ and never regarded with the same reverence or…

Armeen Musa : Carrying the legacy forward

In a candid interview with Jamini, Armeen tells us about her love for music, takes us through her foundational years, and shares the unique personal revolution that has shaped her journey with music. As far as Armeen Musa can recall, she remembers waking up to the sound of her mother’s riyaaz, hearing her whisper soft…

Finding music in ‘moments of mishearing’

The author of seven novels, Chaudhuri’s wide ranging creative career extends to being one of the most influential literary critics of his generation, alongside being a poet, essayist, anthologist as well as a trained and critically acclaimed singer in the North Indian classical tradition. While most authors focus on single human protagonists, Amit Chaudhuri believes…