Artist Interviews

H.E. Ambassador Venu Rajamony International Yoga Day Invitation

Third International Yoga Day

To mark the third International Day of Yoga, the Embassy of India, The Hague and The Gandhi Centre, the Cultural Wing of the Embassy will be organizing an event in the Atrium, City Hall of The Hague on Sunday, June 18, 2017 and 10.00hrs. The event is open to the public, free of charge and the Ambassador of India Venu Rajamony will take the lead during the yoga session. Similar sessions will be held in 177 other countries to attract both beginners as well as experienced practitioners of yoga, making the 3rd International Day of Yoga a global success.

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UP, CLOSE AND PERSONAL with PANDIT SHIVKUMAR SHARMA

Art in its mysticity is experienced in different forms all over the world. It is said that the culture of a place is directly reflected in the classical forms of its art. Indian music has an abundant, unbroken heritage that has been gathered for centuries together through its oral traditions. The origins of Indian classical music can be traced back to spirituality.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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Arjun – Going global with an Urban Hindi sound

Urban and R&B singer Arjun is the ultimate proof YouTube can be the key to a music career; his videos have gotten over 85 million views so far and he is currently touring non-stop around the globe. On June 20, he will also perform during the DesiYUP concert...

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