Category music

A Man Called Ove: Celebrating the Use of Space in Swedish Cinema

What are we beyond our memories? It was just after having a petty argument with the florist, an ignorant teen as she was that Ove first exposes the dimensions of his existence. Grieved by the death of the only love of his life, Sonja, we see him dissipating his space by magnifying his trivialities. A […]

The Avant-Garde, Zeenat Aman

The cinema of the 70s is often termed as an era that marveled the art of pop culture reorientation. A decade that immersed itself in the chaos of coming of age screenplay and ever inspired music ensemble, the flights of imagination was anything but predictable. It was during this period that Hindi cinema saw the […]

From Renee Smith to Sita Devi: Retrieving the Forgotten Enchantress of Silent Era

Indian cinema had birthed a fair share of visionaries even before the beginning of what later came to be termed as the Golden era. Under the reigns of the British Raj, certain Indian artists thrived upon the offerings that colonial engagements with art had to offer and used the political situation of the period to […]

Revisiting The Oeuvre of Bazaar-e-Husn

There aren’t many works of cinematic art that become cinematic in their own right. The legacy of these works transcends what is projected on the screen and venture into the arenas of popularity that was quite unintended by the creator itself. Pakeezah, a Hindi Cinema classic that took almost 15 years to complete, is one […]

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

It was fitting Cohen’s song Everybody Knows anchored the sound track for Atom Egoyan’s Exotica, one of the best films of the 1990s. When we grieve for a celebrity’s death, we do not grieve for the celebrity. Leonard Cohen was eight-two-years-old when he died, not twenty-seven like Heath Ledger, the victim of a freak accident […]

Found in Escapes

What if I seek light in This night. Flicker lights falling upon my Cheek, glistening a part of it, a part Still left hidden. What if I seek journey here Sitting at a deserted bus stand, who Uses them anyway? Maybe, Some adventures are good untravelled What if I seek dance in The still trees […]

Lyrics

Seldom songs will just be played When it’s not the music That we need, but The words. I would want your love, laying Right at that couch, in The living room. I would want that touch, not For I need what love gives But to realise, All what it failed to make Of our lives. […]

Day Breaks: Understanding Life’s Journey through Full Circle

Norah Jones has witnessed a magnitude of success that was quite overwhelming for her own devices. What could’ve been just another experimentation of a pseudo jazz artist, developed into this whole new genre of contemporary music that had overlapping tones of pop and blues. Come Away With Me as a record librated Norah from a […]

Bruce Springsteen Boycotts North Carolina (but not Israel)

Back in 1984, when I was a sophomore at Rutgers University, an English professor told me I had a “working-class name.” The professor, a WASP passing Jew – he had all three degrees from Harvard, wore a bow tie, and had a generic Anglo Saxon name that had quite obviously been in his family for […]

David Bowie Was Probably Worse Than A Rapist

When I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University back in the 1980s, my favorite book was probably Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. Made into a film in 1971 by the Italian director Luchino Visconti, it told the story the last days of Gustav von Aschenbach. A renowned German novelist in his early 50s, Aschenbach, […]