News & Articles

Scintillating Sitar Performance by Ustad Shahid Parvez

“Our members are really excited about ending this already great season on a high note,” says Nishant Parekh, who is on the programming committee of Raag-Mala Toronto. Parekh is referring...

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Music is Ustad Irshad Khan’s Mother Tongue

There is a wonderful scene in “The Guru”, the 1969 Merchant-Ivory art film (not the hokey 2002 comedy), in which a sitar maestro invites his student, a British pop star,...

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In the Darbar – The Ismaili Center Toronto in Partnership with Raag-Mala

In this Season of Plenty, Raag-Mala is delighted to partner with Ismaili Centre Toronto to present "In the Darbar" on Sunday afternoon. We are especially honored to have Ustad Irshad Khan...

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Dispelling darkness: Sarod and Vocal recital by young masters

The word guru literally means “dispeller of darkness”. In Indian classical music, teachers hold an especially elevated status among their students. This is due to the fact that shastria sangeet...

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Maestros in the making: Sitar and Vocal recital

As I have become increasingly involved in the music community, I sometimes hear comments that strike me at first as being gross generalizations. Later, I  wonder if there may be...

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Mohan Veena and Me

VMB Short   I spent many late nights in the early 2000's sitting in my parents' basement in Scarborough with my headphones on, brow furrowed...

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Exciting North-South Indian Music Concert in Toronto

  RM Short Raag-Mala Toronto’s 36th season opens on March 25th with a rare concert featuring both North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) music...

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Classical Concerts at the Aga Khan Museum

RM sep 2016 pic Many people here use the phrase “classical music” to describe works from mostly Western...

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Raag-Mala Toronto nurturing musical talent

“I didn’t know the subtle nuances of playing this Raag until I performed with Deborshee,” says Hardeep Chana, the Brampton-based harmonium player. He commented after performing Shree Raag with Deborshee...

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Following in the footsteps of giants

(Desi News July 2016)

 Music lovers can’t help but envy Aditya Verma. It is likely that no musician in Canada has enjoyed as much access to the royalty of shastria...

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An intimate recital of bansuri and violin

(Desi News May 2016)

"Sitting this close, I could tell you were seeing my musical soul - so, in turn I had no choice but to see yours." Those...

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Call of the Valley: Strains of The Santoor

(Desi News April 2016)

For older Hindi filmgoers, few musical instruments evoke Kashmir more than does the Santoor, which has its roots in the lush valleys of the Indian...

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Anupama Bhagwat, Leading Sitar Player

(Desi News March 2016)

Toronto audiences are in for a treat, as Anupama Bhagwat will be opening Raag-Mala Toronto’s 2016 season with a sitar recital at the Aga Khan...

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Raag-Mala Toronto inaugural concerts at the Aga Khan Museum

By: Michael O’Hara, Raag-Mala Toronto Board Member

(Desi News March 2016)

There is a flash of brilliant green from a sari as she takes her seat.  Her husband...

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