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Soumya Vajpayee is the Senior Editor (Lifestyle & City) for Hindustan Times HT City (Mumbai and Pune) and writes on music, entertainment and lifestyle.

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Talat Aziz: I feel more energetic while cycling during Ramzan

Singer-actor Talat Aziz shares how he has been staying fit by cycling even during the Ramzan season and how it impacts him

Talat Aziz has been cycling 10km every day even while he’s observing the roza
Published on Apr 08, 2024 05:29 PM IST

Kaushiki Chakraborty: The attention span of the youth is a concern

Kaushiki Chakraborty says technology has benefitted musicians, but the excessive use of social media takes away the ‘privacy’.

Kaushiki Chakraborty
Published on Apr 05, 2024 02:09 PM IST

Anuradha Pal: I want the youth to know that music is therapeutic

Tabla ace Anuradha Pal talks about conducting wellness sessions to inspire the younger generation to live their best lives.

Anuradha Pal
Published on Apr 05, 2024 12:48 PM IST

Ricky Kej: I would do a Bollywood song if it has a social message

Three-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej says he loves ‘Hindi film music’ and wants to explore the space if his beliefs aren’t compromised.

Ricky Kej
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 12:16 PM IST

Second doctorate for Grammy winner Shankar Mahadevan

After being honoured with a doctorate by Birmingham City University last year, Grammy Award-winning musician Shankar Mahadevan receives his second doctorate.

Shankar Mahadevan (right) receives the doctorate from Dr Vijay Patil, Chancellor & President, DY Patil University
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 09:24 AM IST

IPL 2024 Opening: Sonu Nigam-AR Rahman to sing patriotic and Bollywood songs

The opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League 2024 in Chennai will mark Sonu Nigam's debut at the event; Akshay Kumar-Tiger Shroff to perform too.

Sonu Nigam; (right) AR Rahman(Instagram)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Sonu Nigam: I know how to pick myself up despite health or personal crisis

Having done over 20 back-to-back shows in the last one month, the musician explains how he doesn't let strenuous schedules or health factors slow him down.

Sonu Nigam(Instagram/sonunigamofficial)
Published on Mar 16, 2024 09:54 AM IST

How tough is it to be a female musician in India? Singers share their views

On International Women’s Day today, female musicians talk to Soumya Vajpayee about gender bias in the Indian music space and how one can make a mark.

Akriti Kakar and Jasmine Sandlas
Published on Mar 08, 2024 03:35 PM IST

Raj Shekhar: Didn't know Pehle Bhi Main, Papa Meri Jaan would become this big

Lyricist Raj Shekhar talks about all the love he got for the three songs he penned for Animal.

Raj Shekhar
Published on Mar 02, 2024 03:20 PM IST

Shankar Mahadevan: Composing the inflight safety video was challenging

Shankar Mahadevan talks about showcasing India’s cultural and musical diversity.

Shankar Mahadevan
Published on Mar 01, 2024 04:11 PM IST

Sonu Nigam receives Raj Kapoor Vishesh Yogdaan Puraskar: I didn’t see it coming

The Padma Shri recipient was honoured with two awards at the 57th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Awards by the Government of Maharashtra.

Sonu Nigam receiving the Raj Kapoor Vishesh Yogdaan Puraskar by Government of Maharashtra
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 04:09 PM IST

Kailash Kher promotes folk music with a reality show

Padma Shri Kailash Kher has come up with a music reality show that will promote folk musicians from across India.

Kailash Kher on the set of the show
Published on Feb 23, 2024 10:58 AM IST

Recorded it in 30 minutes: Anup Jalota on singing Afghani song

Singer Anup Jalota has recorded his first-ever Afghani song, which marks his collaboration with Farishta Sama, a singer from Afghanistan.

Farishta Sama and Anup Jalota during the recording
Published on Feb 23, 2024 10:40 AM IST

Ameen Sayani to HT City in 2016: I'd get 65,000 mails a week for Binaca Geetmala

Ameen Sayani died at the age of 91 on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack.

Ameen Sayani
Published on Feb 22, 2024 12:53 PM IST

Vishnu Sharma: Ameen Sayani ji was my master key

Voice artist Vishnu Sharma gets emotional as he shares how Ameen Sayani's death has affected him personally and what role he played in his life

Vishnu Sharma
Published on Feb 22, 2024 12:34 PM IST

Harish Bhimani: Ameen Sayani was my mentor, so empathetic

Voiceover artiste Harish Bhimani opens about his relationship with the late Ameen Sayani on his death and how he looked out for him from the start of his career

Harish Bhimani with the late Ameen Sayani
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 12:23 PM IST

(Exclusive) Badshah on debuting at Untold fest: It was a defining moment for me

As Badshah becomes the first rap artiste to perform at the Untold Festival, he talks to HT City exclusively about the act.

Badshah at the Untold Festival
Published on Feb 20, 2024 04:02 PM IST

Akriti Kakar on Basant Panchami: Since childhood, it has been a day of gratitude

Singer Akriti Kakar talks about her Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja rituals and why the days are important for her.

Akriti Kakar
Published on Feb 14, 2024 01:36 PM IST

Sonu Nigam on 25 years of Bijuriya: People go crazy about my step even now

As his 1999 hit clocks 25 years coinciding with HT City's 25th anniversary, Sonu Nigam shares why the song is among his favourites.

Sonu Nigam; (right) in Bijuriya
Published on Feb 07, 2024 04:33 PM IST

Satranga maker Shreyas Puranik: I wanted to get back on stage with my own song

The composer of the Animal hit song returns to his college for a show, accompanied by his singer-wife, Aishwarya

Shreyas Puranik and Aishwarya Bhandari
Published on Feb 06, 2024 12:21 PM IST

Amit Trivedi on 15 years of Dev.D: Thought it would be my first and last film

As the film clocks 15 years today, composer Amit Trivedi shares how he wasn't sure of how the soundtrack would be received, forget the cult status.

Amit Trivedi(Sharanyaa Nair/HT)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 12:02 PM IST

Shankar Mahadevan on Grammy win: I felt proud to represent India

Singer Shankar Mahadevan gets talking about his Grammy win.

Music composer Shankar Mahadevan, Selvaganesh (percussionist) and Ganesh Rajagopalan (violinist),
Published on Feb 05, 2024 04:41 PM IST

(Exclusive) Rakesh Chaurasia on winning two Grammys: It felt overwhelming

The flautist connects with HT City soon after the ceremony in Los Angeles to express his joy of winning two awards at his Grammy debut.

Rakesh Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 02:18 PM IST

(Exclusive) V Selvaganesh on Grammy win for Shakti: This Moment matters the most

Talking to HT City after the ceremony in LA, percussionist V Selvaganesh talks about winning the Grammy; calls it the ‘best moment of my life’

V Selvaganesh, Shankar Mahadevan and Ganesh Rajagopalan
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 02:19 PM IST

How musicians take care of physical and mental health amid constant touring?

With exhaustive travel and constantly changing geography for musicians tell us how they look after their health.

Sonu Nigam and Salim Merchant(Instagram)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 03:34 PM IST

(Exclusive) SANAM band drummer Keshav Dhanraj to marry Marcia on Valentine’s Day

SANAM band drummer Keshav Dhanraj will have a church wedding with Marcia D'Souza on February 14.

Keshav Dhanraj and Marcia D'Souza on the day of the proposal
Published on Jan 31, 2024 01:46 PM IST

Sonu Nigam: Felt my mum’s presence while singing at the Ram Mandir

The singer was the first person to perform during the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the Ram Mandir

Sonu Nigam at Ram Mandir
Published on Jan 24, 2024 11:41 AM IST

Shankar Mahadevan: Singing at Ram Mandir has been my most cherished experience

The musican performed a

Shankar Mahadevan singing at Ram Mandir
Published on Jan 24, 2024 11:37 AM IST

Talat Aziz, Harshdeep Kaur, Shreyas Puranik to enthral the audience in Mumbai

Several musicians will take the stage at a concert today to mark late politician Balasaheb Thackeray's 98th birth anniversary.

Talat Aziz and Harshdeep Kaur
Published on Jan 23, 2024 03:23 PM IST

MLA Santosh Sambre: Singing Ram bhajan at Rafi sahab’s home was magical

The politician-musician talks about his love for Mohammed Rafi and how he enjoyed singing the the late veteran's songs

Firdaus Rafi, Santosh Sambre and Shahid Rafi
Published on Jan 22, 2024 06:11 PM IST
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