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India ranks 20th for global music influence, 6th for uniqueness in study spanning 30 nations

The Global Influential Music Index ranked US, UK, France, Germany & Canada as the top 5 musically influential countries worldwide. India was among the 3 Asian countries to feature in the list.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, an advertisement for unity in diversity and India’s unofficial anthem

The six-minute song was sung in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Singer and actor SP Balasubrahmanyam | Youtube screengrab

SPB, the untrained maestro whose voice suited every actor from Rajinikanth to Salman Khan

SP Balasubrahmanyam, who sang more than 40,000 songs in Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada & other languages, and was just as versatile an actor, died Friday.
Music composer Khayyam | Illustration: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Umrao Jaan’s captivating music is a lasting testament to Khayyam’s musical genius

Khayyam masterfully blended ghazals, shayaris and classical Hindustani music to create melodies that made the story of Umrao Jaan.
File photo of Ustad Bismillah Khan | FacebookFile photo of Ustad Bismillah Khan | Facebook

Ustad Bismillah Khan, a Muslim who reveled in the sound of shehnai in Varanasi

Ustad Bismillah Khan elevated the status of the shehnai, a wind instrument, in Indian classical music and took it to a global audience.
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Ustad Alla Rakha, whom the world hailed as ‘Einstein’ & ‘Picasso’ of the tabla

Tabla maestro Ustad Alla Rakha was one of the key figures who took Indian classical music to the West, and was also father and teacher to Ustad Zakir Hussain.
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Dilip Kumar Roy, the Cambridge-educated elite who added melody to India’s freedom movement

On the musicologist’s 39th death anniversary, ThePrint takes a look at his rich musical legacy.
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Seven years after his death, seven songs that keep Jagjit Singh alive for fans

Jagjit Singh, the ghazal colossus, is credited with bringing the art form to the wider public with his soulful voice.
Kishore Kumar

When Kishore Kumar spoke to Pritish Nandy about Bombay, Hitchcock and his many wives

In this candid interview, the legendary singer talked about his love for nature and why he decided to move from Bombay to Khandwa.
SD Burman with his son RD Burman | National Film Archive of India (NFAI)/Twitter

The only constant amidst changing circumstances and fortunes was SD Burman’s unfettered quest for perfectness in music

The legendary musician never shied away from experimenting with new shades of rhythms and was eternally resilient to constantly improve his compositions.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.