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#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…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Bharat Ratna, Smt M. S. Subbulakshmi

Almost every south Indian home wakes up to her voice. Her selflessness in service to music is widely and highly regarded, and has helped further the cause of Carnatic music in several ways. The country is humbled when it conferred Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India, upon her in 1998. We remember her with love and fondness today as we surface a series that reflects on her life and journey. That’s none other than Srimati M. S. Subbulakshmi,…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

This post is the fourth in the series of #ListenToSing for Riyazers to listen and learn from good singing and knowledge of the legendary musicians from Indian classical music traditions. Padma Vibhushan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is a name that is synonymous with Sarod, a divine-sounding plucked string-instrument from Hindustani classical music. Here is a video that shines light on his life, journey and the parampara. Do watch and comment on what you’ve learned and how you’ve felt 🙂 Hope you are…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Bharat Ratna, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

This post is the third in the series of #ListenToSing for Riyazers to listen and learn from good singing and knowledge of the legendary musicians from Indian classical music traditions. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi is a name that needs no introduction! He is a phenomenon that took the Hindustani world by storm. His contributions to the tradition will be cherished and remembered forever by the rasikas. The “Bharat Ratna”, the highest civilian award of India, shined further when Government of India accorded it…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Dr M. Balamurali Krishna

This post is the second in the series of #ListenToSing for Riyazers to immerse themselves in good singing and knowledge of the front-runners in Indian classical music traditions. Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna is a legendary artist from Carnatic music tradition, and is a name that is equally well known in Hindustani circles as well. Watch him talk on different aspects that singers need to beware of, not just when they are starting out, but later when they perform as well. Here you…

#ListenToSing – Featuring Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Here is the first in the series of #ListenToSing for Riyazers pursuing Hindustani classical music tradition. This is a rare gem of a video where you see the unparalleled maestro of Bansuri, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, speak about his life and journey. It is humbling to see the legend talk in such simple terms. Do watch till the end! 🙂 Tell us what is your learning from this video in the comments below. Other Riyazers could benefit from your observations. Hope…

Launching the #ListenToSing Series

The Chinese Bamboo Tree and You Do you realise that you and the Chinese Bamboo Tree have a lot in common? Yes, that’s right. The Chinese Bamboo Tree shows no outward growth for the initial 3-4 years. And in the fifth year, the tree grows an astonishing 4 feet per day! During the initial years, the tree grows its root system that is powerful enough to support its rapid growth later on. And it does just that for F.O.U.R years…

We have a gift for you this new year!

… and we don’t want it to be a surprise! Not because we can’t keep quiet 😉 As creators of Riyaz, we see two distinct kinds of behaviours of Riyazers. A few of you are highly-informed people who know how to go about learning to sing. Riyaz has been serving you relentlessly in your pursuit and we are extremely happy for this! But there are some of you who are just beginning their journey to learn singing. You find it…

Mathangi Jagdish

Mathangi Jagdish a.k.a Ma.Ja is a playback singer , songwriter , stage performer and MTV coke studio season one artist with over 490 film songs to her credit. She has sung in more than 18 languages in a career spanning more than a decade and a half.  She has worked with the who’s who of the industry , starting with her playback break in the year 2001 with Mr Deva (Anju mani, Kokkarakara girigiri) , then with the Oscar and…

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