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Selected published pieces on music and musicians

Arnab Chakrabarty

In Kolkata, the inheritor of the Lucknow-Shahjahanpur gharana is trying to keep its legacy alive.

Published on May 22, 2019 | Scroll.in

Irfan Muhammad Khan’s forefathers occupied the most coveted positions in princely courts. Why then did their lineage fade into oblivion?
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How Padma Bhushan Budhaditya Mukherjee became a defining sitariya of the post-independence era.

Published on February 05, 2019 | Scroll.in

At a time when Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan were at the peak of their success, Mukherjee rose rapidly to the top of the Hindustani music pyramid.
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Buddhadev Dasgupta (1933-2018): A ‘renegade pupil’ explains why the sarod master was a true pioneer.

Published on January 17, 2018 | Scroll.in

The acclaimed musician, who died in January 2018, paved the way for middle-class Bengalis to learn Hindustani music.
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Strings attached: My journey as a modern sarod player.

Published on November 11, 2016 | Scroll.in

An unblinking look at the creative demands, power play and commercial pressures that confront a contemporary musician.
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Strings attached: Masters of the sarod, from 1820 to the present.

Published on November 10, 2016 | Scroll.in

In India, technology and music have evolved in tandem, each propelling the other to greater heights.
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