Interviews with Musicians

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

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Turning Back time with Navin Kundra

Turning Back time with Navin Kundra

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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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Nirali & Kartik interview Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia at Vrindavan Gurukul

Nirali & Kartik interview Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia at Vrindavan Gurukul

As a student of Indian Classical Music, I have been to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s Vrindavan Gurukul (school) in the past for many- a- times, just to listen to his music and to imbibe whatever I can from his divine playing. But this time my purpose to visit Vrindavan Gurukul was different! I was interviewing a musician for the first time ever and that too of Panditji’s calibre!

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Shankar Tucker releases his album Filament on 28Th July 2015

Shankar Tucker releases his album Filament on 28Th July 2015

Funkifying Hindustani Clarinetist and composer Shankar Tucker (27) is making waves ever since he launched his YouTube channel The Shrutibox in 2011. Known for blending Indian classical and jazzy sounds in soulful tracks, his video's have received millions of views and...

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Arjun – Going global with an Urban Hindi sound

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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