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How many people does it take to make a musician?

I was mulling over the number of people, both professionals or experts, non experts or even family , friends and acquaintances….. that I’ve either worked with or have had help me across the last 18 years. I thought I’d start putting down all the PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE MUSIC JOURNEY and I added to it some people I personally have not yet worked with but I know my colleagues have.  So here’s what I came up with…… and I realised…

How to find time for Singing with a day job?

Anurag Harsh, in one of the interviews was asked a question “When do you find time to practice”? It was an attempt to find out how he makes his time. Because Anurag Harsh is a full-time tech mogul as the founding executive of Ziff Davis, a multi-billion dollar online and gaming company. The position he holds in the company certainly makes us believe that he is a very very busy man. That question was not directed at his work life…

#Rahmania – Show your love to the Mozart of Madras

On the occasion of A.R. Rahman’s birthday on 6th January, we would like to show our appreciation toward his music but we need YOUR help. All you have to do is SING! Simple isn’t it? Sing your favourite song by AR Rahman and upload a video of it on Facebook. Don’t forget to tag our page with @ riyaz (no space) and use the hashtag #rahmania . The best covers will be featured on our Facebook Page! Pro tip: Don’t…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Ustad Amir Khan

Ustad Amir Khan is regarded to be one of the most influential Hindustani Classical vocalists of the 20th century. He was the founder of the Indore Gharana as well. A few prestigious awards he had won for his singing were Sangeet Natak in 1967 and Padma Bhushan in 1971. Get a glimpse into Ustad Amir Khan’s life and the struggles that he overcame to become the musician you hear about today. His dedication was so much that he once said,…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra

Rajan and Sajan Mishra  are Hindustani classical vocalists specialised in the Khyal style. Rajan and Sajan Mishra obtain their distinct sound from the Banaras style of singing. They have performed to audiences all over India and the world. Some prestigious awards won by this duo are Padma Bhushan in 2007, Sangeet Natak in 1998 and the Gandharwa National Award for 1994 – 1995. In this video the duo talks about how they practiced hitting the right sur by doing Riyaz for the…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Ustad Rashid Khan

Ustad Rashid Khan is a renowned and celebrated Hindustani classical vocalist. He owes his roots to the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana. Even the great Pandit Bhimsen Joshi once said that Rashid Khan is the “assurance for the future of Indian vocal music”. He has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri, as well as the Sangeet Natak Award in 2006. In this video Rashid Khan speaks about how listening to great musicians will mould you into a great musician. Another treat to listen to in this video is his rendition of…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Vidushi Kaushiki Chakraborty

Vidushi Kaushiki Chakraborty daughter of Ajoy Chakraborty is a Indian Classical Singer. Her grooming happened at Sangeet Research Academy and she is one of the exponents of Patiala gharana. She is an acclaimed singer and highly revered for her Khyals and Thumris, the latter being ‘semi-classical’ or ‘light classical’ styles. She is a recipient of many national and international awards such as the 2005 BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music in Asia/Pacific category. She has performed at many national and international festivals and conferences. She is often…

Improving security and convenience with access to your Riyaz account

Starting with the recent release (4.2.0), we’ve taken a few steps to make it more convenient for you to access your accounts, while making it more secure. Issues with current login system Some of you have written to us communicating the difficulties in accessing your Riyaz account. Usually, these difficulties are in either remembering which social account you used to sign up, or having to reset the forgotten password, or even ending up with two or more accounts and your…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty

Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty is a contemporary Hindustani classical music vocalist. He is widely known across the country, and have performed across the globe in the revered venues like Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and so on. Here is a video where he speaks about his life, journey and views on music and learning. According to him, listening (shruti) is so very important for learning. In fact, the school of music which he founded in Kolkata, is named Shrutinandan for this…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Bharat Ratna, Ustad Bismillah Khan

Khansaheb’s name is inseparable from Shehnai instrument and Hindustani classical music. His efforts have resulted in deeply etching the instrument’s relevance to the classical music tradition. The city of Varanasi is blessed to have revelled in his mesmerising performances on the banks of river Ganges for decades. The country showed its gratitude to the legend conferring Bharat Ratna on him in 2001. The first video shows him in a lighter mood speaking impromptu to a group of people gathered. The…

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