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CDs of Michael Jackson at a shop in Tokyo | Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg News

To-hear-or-not-to-hear conundrum over Michael Jackson has brought out the ‘cancel culture’

Cancel culture is as hotly debated as it is variously defined, but in its essence is the self-ban on works of people who have done terrible things to others.

IAS aspirant to auto driver — how Chennai’s gully boys & girls fight inequality with music

The Casteless Collective, founded by filmmaker Pa. Ranjith and music producer Tenma, has grabbed attention with its use of gaana music and powerful lyrics.
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Beyond Gully Boy, India’s underground rap & metal scene is coming of age

In these politically-charged times, young rappers and metal artistes are taking the two musical forms back to their roots as the 'voice of the people'.
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Junoon’s return to Pakistan is every ’90s kid’s Christmas miracle

Two decades after it was banned in Pakistan, Sufi rock band Junoon is set to perform in Karachi today.
An illuminated screen bearing the Spotify Technology SA logo in London | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Spotify said to be coming to India within 6 months

The world's largest music streaming service, Spotify seeks music rights which are more disparate in India than most other countries.
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Murphy Radio and a bonny baby are what pre-TV Indian memories are made of

Murphy Radio and the child on its ads are what Indian memories are made of.
Illustration by Manas Gurung/ThePrint

Is cancelling TM Krishna’s music concert right of organisers or sign of Hindu intolerance?

Carnatic maestro T.M. Krishna’s upcoming music concert in Delhi was cancelled after the organiser— Airports Authority of India— faced a massive backlash and abuse on social media. ThePrint asks: Is cancelling TM Krishna’s music concert right of organisers or sign of Hindu intolerance? In a country where one of the greatest Hindu bhajans was created by Muslims, this is unthinkable Ravi Menon Music critic and writer In a country where one of the greatest Hindu bhajans (Insaf Ka Mandir in the film Amar) was created by Muslims (lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni, music by Naushad, sung by Rafi, enacted by Dilip Kumar, Nimmy, Madhubala and shot by director Mehboob Khan) any kind of religious/communal barrier to music is quite unthinkable. I don't endorse most of T.M. Krishna’s views on music and religion, but I won't support the postponement of his programme, if it was made on the basis of trolls. There is no need to...
A rave party in Bangalore | Robert Wallis/Corbis via Getty Images

Brash Delhi vs laidback Bengaluru: How India’s party scene changes with the zone

The nightlife culture of India has undergone a sea change in the last 10 years, and there is no one way the country kicks up its heels.
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Bhupen Hazarika: The ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’ who took Assamese music to the world

A 2006 poll in Bangladesh found Bhupen Hazarika’s ‘Manush Manusher Jonno’ the second-most loved song in the country after its national anthem
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Ko Ko Korina: Why Pakistan is decrying a Coke Studio cover

A Coke Studio cover of the song Ko Ko Korina has been widely panned, and is perhaps the first song from the show to get more dislikes than likes on YouTube.

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Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.


Gunman kills 25-year-old youth in Pulwama district

Police are hunting down the assailant who killed the man near his residence
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?