Raag Bageshri – Balama More Tore Sanga

Raag Bageshri – Balama More Tore Sanga

On a cold winter night, allow yourself to get carried away by this melodious and enchanting composition in Raag Bageshri inflicting emotions of longing and romance from the point of view of a lady awaiting her loved one. The aesthetic form of this Raag enables the mind to catch a glimpse of the deeper spiritual beauty of this music style.

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy? Interview with Prof Raj Raghunathan

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy? Interview with Prof Raj Raghunathan

Music constructs our emotions on a deeper level of our consciousness. It embodies every emotion that the human mind can experience in life. There is no thought, longing, memory, or expectation that meaningful music cannot encompass. DesiYUP founder Mahesvari Autar talks with American-Indian professor Raj Raghunathan about the relationship between happiness and music. And how art can be implemented in a corporate environment. Professor Raj Raghunathan (Texas, US, based business school) teaches marketing at the McCombs School of Business in Texas and is a visiting faculty member at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. Professor Raghunathan wrote a book about Happiness: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy

Turning Back time with Navin Kundra

Turning Back time with Navin Kundra

Navin Kundra will perform in Holland for the first-time ever with a full band. Days before his concert ‘Hindi Cinema Classics’, we talk to the main man about his musical journey.

The name Navin Kundra is hard to escape if you are part of the Asian diaspora. The British Asian singer/songwriter has graced the Asian charts often with six number #1 singles over the years.

His unique brand of music, one he is happy not to label, speaks across generations and nationalities, combining folk beat and lyrics with urban sounds of jazz, house and pop. Navin catapulted into popular imagination at 19 years of age, representing Britain and capturing hearts on a worldwide version of popular Indian show Sa Re Ga Ma and later BBC Asia network show Unsung, which he won.

COLOR MY BAG work + shelter session

COLOR MY BAG work + shelter session

WORK+SHELTER is a cut & sew factory, and a safe space for women in Delhi, India. The women receive training and earn a fair wage   In collaboration with WORK + SHELTER and as part of the concert program ‘Hindi Cinema Classics with Navin Kundra‘,...

India is the future

DesiYUP attended a couple of events in the past few weeks. One of these was a seminar organized by the Metropool Regio Amsterdam, India Connected and Amsterdam Trade in Pakhuis De Zwijger. The main question of this gathering was ‘how should we look at India’. Experts with different work backgrounds shared their personal stories about working in India and understanding the complex way of life in India. It was an evening of discussing ideas such as working, living and doing business in India. From 13 till 18 of November Amsterdam will organize a India Business Journey to Bombay and Pune.

DesiYUP on the Yoga Boothcamp on the roof of De Doelen Rotterdam

During the “Rotterdamse Dakendagen” where many events are held on the rooftops of different buildings in Rotterdam, a Yoga bootcamp was held on the rooftop of De Doelen. Many people participated in this event and DesiYUP was there to be part of the experience and also...
Behind the scenes drama: A Musical Journey to the Top

Behind the scenes drama: A Musical Journey to the Top

This Musical Journey to the Top was all about believing, giving and learning. Believing that an idea can manifest with the help and guidance of trusted well-wishers. Giving local musicians a respected stage to bring out the best of them is a great way to increase awareness in general. Teaching students that you can learn from experience and not just through theory.

Five days till Musical Journey to the Top

Five days till Musical Journey to the Top

The rehearsals and preparations of the upcoming concert: A Musical Journey to the Top, are well on their way. It’s been a long road for the four rising talents, Priyanka, Geeta, Kishen and Akhlesh and they are eager to entertain you and have you as part of their journey.

Beyond Roots: Rekesh Chauhan

Beyond Roots: Rekesh Chauhan

That Rekesh Chauhan would grow up to be a musician was no surprise to anyone – being under the tutelage of his father and musician Rajesh Chauhan from a very young age. It is impressive that he is able to show versatility as a performer and composer even before he has reached his 20s. Even having trained in Western classical guitar and piano as well as the harmonium, his Indian roots are a great influence on his musicality. ‘Beyond Roots’, his critically acclaimed debut album released under Milapfest in 2015, is an expression of his journey.

Vidita Kanniks

Vidita Kanniks

Making headway in the international music industry, Vidita Kanniks (USA) is making a solid name for herself. In an intimate In-House concert you can meet hear her sing her mash-up classics such as: Naane Varugiren| Jiya Jale (A.R. Rahman)

Arijit Singh saves the show in HMH Amsterdam for his fans

Arijit Singh saves the show in HMH Amsterdam for his fans

Performing without a complete tech rider and soundcheck is a nightmare for musicians. Even though the circumstances were not in his control, India’s favorite male vocalist, Arijit Singh, managed to perform his 2.5 hours set yesterday at the Heineken Music Hall in...
Oru (one) cup filter coffee, please!

Oru (one) cup filter coffee, please!

Meet flautist Shriram Sampath and percussionist Swarupa Ananth, the master minds behind the ethnotronic band – Filter Coffee. Their USP lies in merging electronic beats with Indian classical music. Both of them are trained classical musicians and wanted to change the palette of how Indian classical music is consumed. In their own words, “Put together some guitar riffs, the sound of a bamboo flute, a tabla, throw in a funky electronic groove, brew it with some earthly vocals and you get ‘FILTER COFFEE’.” We caught up with the duo over a cup of coffee (of course!) and here are some excerpts from the conversation.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia interviewed by AmorFM

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia interviewed by AmorFM

An interview of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia with presentator Kries Bandhoe, Amor FM. Was broadcast on Dutch radio on Friday the 20th of May.
PanditJi talked about his love for the bansuri, his life path and how he struggled to start his journey into Indian Classical music.