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World’s first socially distanced concert is being planned in Arkansas, US — Here’s how

With 'fan pods' that limit audience members, a six-feet apart rule and prepackaged beer, Travis McCready's concert on 15 May could show us how live gigs can return.
File photo | The Beatles i Hötorgscity, Stockholm 1963 | Wikimedia Commons

I Gotta Wash My Hands: World turning to The Beatles in Covid crisis, 50 yrs after it broke up

Beatles’ songs are being sung by those in lockdown from their windows and being played for those coming out of hospitals. It’s a band that never dies.
A still from Masakali 2.0 | YouTube | T-Series

One hour of Arnab shouting on Republic TV is better than one minute of Masakali remix 

Masakali 2.0, which is categorised as a song and not a biohazard, got red flagged by A.R. Rahman who had composed the original song in Delhi 6.
Seven-year-old piano prodigy Stelios Kerasidis | YouTube screengrab

7-yr-old Greek piano prodigy has composed an ‘isolation waltz’ and the world is loving it

Stelios Kerasidis dedicated his waltz to those under quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic and his video has garnered over 2 lakh views.
YouTube screengrab of Kumar Gandharva | Films Division

Kumar Gandharva, the musical prodigy inspired by his battle with tuberculosis & Kabir

On the 96th birth anniversary of Kumar Gadharva, a glimpse into the life of one of the most revered Hindustani classical singers who was unafraid of breaking tradition.
Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters | Wikimedia Commons

How an interview with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters in London made us celebrities back home

In Calling Elvis, Shatanu Datta writes about meeting Roger Waters in London and how a 15-minute chat turned into an hour-long conversation.

‘Hands, washing hands…’ — Neil Diamond’s coronavirus parody of 1969 hit is winning hearts

Music icon Neil Diamond alters lyrics of his popular single 'Sweet Caroline' to cheer up people practising social distancing amid coronavirus outbreak.
Mahatma Gandhi

Stop ‘prabhat pheris’, the British told Gandhi. It’s a vulgar nuisance, threatens civic order

In 'Singing Gandhi's India', Lakshmi Subramanian writes about why Gandhi insisted on supporting musical processions despite the controversy over them in 1930s.
A. Geetha

I may be the only lady doing the skin-beating job: What mrdangam-maker Geetha told me

Mrdangam-making has always been a male-controlled territory. But Geetha has nailed, cleaned and dried skins for years, TM Krishna writes in his new book.
Planet M

Planet M — brand that changed how Indians experienced music in new millennium

Planet M — a store where you could find music once and that can now be found only in musical memories.

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File image of Chinese military band (Representational image) | PTI

Despite Covid, China will spend more on defence in 2020 than it did last year

Actual Chinese military spending may be much higher. In 2019, China reported an official defence budget of just under $178 billion, but is estimated to have spent $261 billion.

Does Trump help or harm India’s interests when he offers to mediate with China, Pakistan?

US President Donald Trump Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over the "raging border dispute".

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

Chinese aggression in Ladakh also a message for domestic and external audience: Experts

International experts say the timing is troubling as it comes at ‘a critical phase in India's internal difficulties with the Covid-19 pandemic’.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.