Music and arts across South Asia

When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

It was in 1952 that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) of newly independent India, B.V. Keskar, decided that All India Radio (AIR)—the information and entertainment lifeline of the nation—would not air film songs as they were degenerate and far too “Westernized”. He believed they would hinder the cultural growth of a young nation on the cusp of a...

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam sing in “Namaste England”

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam sing in “Namaste England”

Pakistani singers Rahet Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam are favourites across the border and it comes as no surprise that the two were roped in to lend vocals to Namaste England's songs. "Atif was always my first choice for 'Tere Liye'. I adore his voice and he’s sung a quintessential romantic song. Javed sahab has written a wonderful song and it’s one...

Wooden dolls of Sri Lanka from ancient to modern times

Wooden dolls of Sri Lanka from ancient to modern times

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai A cherished exhibit on shelves in gift shops in Sri Lanka is the country’s indigenous wooden doll. There are made of single scraps of wood with the limbs painted on the torso. The head is moulded into a smooth round top on which the details of the face, the head-gear, hair, beard and moustache and bun...

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