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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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Singing with the Violin

 (Desi News February 2016)

Why would a student of violin take music lessons from a vocalist?  As teacher Vinay Bhide points out, Indian classical music has its roots in...

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Planting Indian classical music on new soil

(Desi News February 2016)

“When we immigrate, we bring our family and belongings, but we also carry culture and heritage”, says Rasika Jog, a teacher of Indian classical music...

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Hark the Sitar Sings

(Desi News February 2016)

Close your eyes and imagine this: a sitar and tabla concert at St Andrews United Church in Hamilton Ontario for Christmas. Why not?  “Because it’s 2015,”...

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Listening, Enjoying and Learning

(Desi News February 2016)

In December, as 2015 came to an end, Mohamed Khaki met with two of Raag-Mala Toronto patrons, Ilan Kapoor and Kent Murnaghan, to discuss what...

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