Music from India – Punkh

Punkh, formed in 2003 in Germany are an Indian ‘World-Rock-Metal’ and Experimental band from New Dehli. They recently released their new E.P titled “Karmah”, which was recorded, produced and mastered in Germany by one of Europe’s leading Under-ground Nu-Metal/Nu-Wave producers: Markcus Tescke. Take a listen to their nice EP!

Music from Kashmir Region – Pragaash

Sorry there is no video for the band, but I thought this was an interesting story to share.  The first all-girl rock band to come out of Kashmir has been forced to cancel their live shows after receiving rape and death threats on Facebook.  Award-winning Pragaash, which means light, have been targetted since December when they won a prize at their first public performance.  Following the concert, comments appeared on Facebook from extremists who said the teenage girls should be raped and then drowned.   The band members, Farah Deeba, guitarist Aneeka Khalid and vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, refused to talk on the issue but were reportedly shaken by the threats.  Their parents are said to have advised the band to stay out of the limelight for a while and the girls are now believed to be in New Delhi.

 

Music from India – Ravi Shankar R.I.P.

Ravi Shankar  born 7 April 1920 in Varanasi, † December 11, 2012 in San Diego, real name Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury was an Indian musician and composer who played the stringed instrument sitar.

He inspired the Beatles and became a hippie icon  in Woodstock, in  India, he was a superstar: the musician Ravi Shankar. Now he has died aged 92 in California.(the same age as Dave Brubeck a few days ago , you remember ? )

Music from India – Debdas Baul

Debdas Baul with his sons and colleagues sings his original song at the bank of the Ajoy River in West Bengal. This is from Charlie Steiner’s upcoming documentary on the Bauls called “Ami Pagol – I Am Crazy.” after a 1min the music starts and please listen to the wise lyrics

Music from the US – Tina Malia

Tina Malia is an extremly talented singer from the US. Listen to her version of “Kol Galgal”, an israeli classic. Peace through music. Peace!

As I must say, I got so impressed of Kol Galgal, in any version… Will let show you more versions :)

Music from India – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Hazrat Inayat Khan (Urdu: عنایت خان ) (July 5, 1882 – February 5, 1927) was the founder of The Sufi Order in the West in 1914 (London) and teacher of Universal Sufism. He initially came to the West as a Northern Indian classical musician, having received the honorific “Tansen” from the Nizam of Hyderabad, but he soon turned to the introduction and transmission of Sufi thought and practice. Later, in 1923, the Sufi Order of the London period was dissolved into a new organization, formed under Swiss law, called the “International Sufi Movement”. His message of divine unity (Tawhid) focused on the themes of love, harmony and beauty. He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered religion void of spirit. Branches of Inayat Khan’s movement can be found in the Netherlands, France, England, Germany, the United States, Canada, Russia and Australia. ( Wiki )

 

Music from UK / India – Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar is a British Indian sitar player and composer who lives between the United States, the United Kingdom, and India.  She is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and the paternal half-sister of Norah Jones.  She has released seven albums. Here’s the song “Casi Uni”, featuring Concha Buika:

Music from UK / India – Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar is a British Indian sitar player and composer who lives between the United States, the United Kingdom, and India.  She is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and the paternal half-sister of Norah Jones.  She has released seven albums.  Her latest release in 2011 is Traveller.  This is her song “Panchem Se Gara”.