Golden Songbirds of Indian Cinema

Golden Songbirds of Indian Cinema

Indian film music—especially from the late 20th century—was a genre like no other in the world. Its legends benefited from influences of classical Indian music, and its unparalleled ability to evoke the Navarasas: the nine essences or feelings of human emotions. India is perhaps the only country where film music dominates its music industry. Traditionally, while classical music was appreciated by connoisseurs, folk music appealed to the common man. The 20th century saw the birth of film music, and radio brought it into the home. An entire nation hummed and warbled along with Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood and Hemant Kumar from the north, and S. P. Balasubramanyam, P. Jeyachandran, Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chitra and P. Leela in the south. And these fabled names barely scratch the surface, considering there have been so many others with entire legions of followers. Read more »

Perspective: Being Liberal in India: a Manifesto for Violent Times

Dilip D’Souza asks, "What is a liberal," and "What is a liberal to do" about the world's injustices and problems. In John Donne’s words, “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.” Read more »

Travel: My Andaman-Myanmar Sea Expedition

KAALA PANI, the infamous jail of India's independence struggle, and PAGODAS IN MYANMAR: Sucheta Rawal takes us to these unconventional destinations and more from her recent sea expedition. Read more »

Film: "Lipstick under My Burkha" Takes US Festival Circuit by Storm

The compelling, high-spirited, and sometimes hilarious movie Lipstick Under My Burkha about four women, initially banned in India because it was ‘lady oriented,’ is now going to the Golden Globes. Read more »

“What Part of ‘Illegal’ Don’t You Understand?”

We employed illegal immigrants for years, in construction, farming, hospitality, etc. We didn't stop the influx before these 'illegals' became entrenched into their American lives. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Winds of Disruption or Dysfunction? (re “The People and the Presidency,” March editorial) / The Trump and Modi Show (re Prof. Tinaz Pavri’s March cover story): Indo-American relations. Read more »

Insurance and Investments

A good financial strategy is not just about “making money”— it is also about protection. Insurance can help in a crisis, and it also can become a crucial part of estate planning. Read more »

Is It Time for Your Business to Pivot?

Pivoting is just an accelerated form of business evolution. Companies are constantly evolving anyway. A pivot is recognition that an immediate change may be needed to keep the business alive. Read more »

Ask the Doc: Is an Indian Vegetarian Diet Deficient in Protein?

Although the Indian vegetarian diet is lower in protein content than non-veg, a carefully planned vegetarian diet with milk products, nuts, beans, and lentils can provide the RDA of protein. Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions

With an L-1 visa and an approved I-140, when can I file for my green card (I-485), as the category should be current? H-1B lottery? change of status from B-2 to F-1? Dates for June? Read more »

Back in Mumbai on break, Priyanka catches up with friends

Back in Mumbai on a 10-day break from her work in the US, Priyanka Chopra threw a party after also meeting up with her Dil Dhadakne Do team, Zoya Akhtar and Ranveer Singh. Read more »


Quotes from Miss Teen Universe, Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Comedian Hasan Minhaj, Atlanta attorney Sachin Varghese - candidate for Georgia House District 89, and comedian Vir Das. Read more »

Abhiram is Georgia Spelling Bee Champion

Abhiram Kapaganty won a hard-fought and suspenseful contest that ran unusually long—23 rounds—at the 56th Georgia State Spelling Bee on March 17, 2017 at GSU. Jahnvi Bhagat placed second. Read more »

Quiz, Siblings, Niyamgiri & Nilgiri, Berkeley Tours, Teen Summer Reading


How Yoga Intrigued America in the 1920s

In the early 1900s, with few South Asians in the USA, America had fantastic ideas about yoga’s power and the itinerant men from India who taught it. Yoga even played a part in an impeachment! Read more »

Obedience: Not a Solution

Some authoritarian parents are not able to earn affection from their children, and they demand obedience. Love and respect must be earned, especially in a parent-child relationship. Read more »






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