News & Articles

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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Music in the Soul

(Desi News February 2016)

There was a palpable sense of the audience being moved to tears when BhuvaneshKomkali sang the bhajan “Hirana”, made famous by his grandfather, the giant...

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Raag-Mala season finale features voice and sarod

(Desi News October 2015)

Zahid Khan can barely contain his excitement about the last concert of Raag-Mala Toronto’s 2015 season. “The concert has precisely the caliber of artists that we...

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Grandson of the legendary Kumar Ghandharva to perform in Toronto

(Desi News September 2015)

Grandson of the legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva, and son of Sri MukulShivputra, BhuvaneshKomkali was destined to be a singer.  Bhuvanesh, who has also trained under...

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Malhaar kePrakar: Raags of the Monsoon

(Desi News June 2015)

Varsha, the season that ushers in the monsoon rains, is easily the most anticipated season throughout the South Asian sub-continent. This isn’t surprising,...

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Raag music during Pan Am and Parapan Am games

(Desi News June 2015)

Sounds of sitar, taus and tabla will waft through Harbourfront Centre on a hot afternoon in July. Welcome to Celebration Zone, as Raag-Mala...

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In the footsteps of a giant

(Desi News June 2015)

One expects an eighteen-year-old musician, sharing the stage with his guru at a high-profile event, to be a little intimidated. Very intimidated, if one’s guru...

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A Sarod Maestro on the Raag-Mala stage

(Desi News June 2015)

The sarod is an instrument adapted from theAfghan rabab, which arrived in India during the 16th century. In Persian, the name roughly translates to "beautiful...

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Baithak: Shastria Sangeet in an intimate space

(Desi News May 2015)

There is a wonderful scene in Jalsaghar (“The Music Room),” Satyajit Ray’s brilliant film from 1958.  Reclining on a cushion and smoking a...

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A festival of Tansen’s raags at the Aga Khan Museum

By: Kent Murnaghan, Raag-Mala Toronto Board Member

(Desi News April 2015)

It’s always fun to speak with Mohamed Khaki, President of Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto. His excitement...

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Taanpura: the joy of volunteering for classical music

(Desi News March 2015)

A recital of Indian classical music is incomplete without a taanpura. The gentle plucking of this stringed instrument, tuned to only two notes, creates a...

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Season Finale features Sarangi and Sarod recitals

(Desi News October 2014)

Raag-Mala Toronto marks its season finale on October 18th with an evening of instrumentalists:  Aruna Narayan Kalle on Sarangi, and ParthoSarothy on Sarod. In two...

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