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Learning Hindi through Music Posted by on Feb 16, 2019

When I first started learning Hindi, I did so informally by listening to music and watching movies. In this blog, I’ll discuss one of my favorite Hindi songs – क्यों? (“Kyoon”) – and translate and explain the lyrics. This song comes from the 2012 movie Barfi (बर्फ़ी), which is about the life of a deaf and…

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Coke Studio India Posted by on Apr 20, 2018

I was first introduced to the addictive phenomenon that is Coke Studio, a show that debuted on MTV in 2011, by my Pashto lecturer in college. From day one, I was hooked to Coke Studio’s infectious rhythms, beautiful lyrics and inventive blend of musical genres you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. In addition…

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Indian Classical Music Posted by on Nov 20, 2011

Tradition of music is very old in India. First description of music finds its mention in the oldest scriptures in the Hindu tradition called Vedas (in plural) which are thousands of years old. Indian classical music is spontaneous, elaborate and expressive. It differ slightly from the Western classical music as it uses just-intonation tuning instead…

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Baul Posted by on Jul 19, 2010

The Baul (बाऊल) are a group of talented musicians from Bengal. The Baul often dress in bright orange or red clothes; and play music in public places. Here is a video of a Baul musician. He is clearly talented because he is playing three instruments (four if you count his voice) all at once. The…

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