Shefali Rao

Write and edit for a living and otherwise.

When Their Lives Got Entwined

Recently, when the SSLC results were announced, you might have spotted more than one elated face, or been witness to a steady stream of tears. But it wasn’t just the students who were on this roller-coaster of emotion - plenty of volunteers from city-based NGO, U&I (founded in January 2011), were just as affected by the exam’s outcome. After all, the organisation, which focuses on an all-round education among underprivileged communities, does have a team that works tirelessly throughout the year ...

Keeping up with Jones

It’s not every day that a 22-year-old hits as high a note with her debut album as to have over ten million copies of it sold in the US alone. It’s even rarer when the tracks are predominantly jazz-based, a niche genre pitted against the pop-rock that her contemporaries are dishing out. And this is precisely what Norah Jones did with Come Away With Me (2002). Eleven years, nine Grammy Awards and five albums later, Norah Jones, now 33, has managed to hold her place in a fickle industry, and how.

Music and Lyrics

The ‘Happiest Music Festival’, which is what the Bacardi NH7 Weekender calls itself, is moving out of Pune for the first time this year, and Bangalore is one of its destinations in December (The Delhi edition concluded last week). The Vladivar Rock ’N India festival kicks off this weekend in the city, with metal gods Slayer and rock guitarist Santana as the main acts. And International act Above & Beyond’s hugely popular Trance Around the World radio show will see its 450th show at the Submerge Festival here, in November. So when Arjun S Ravi, editor of indie-music magazine Indecision refers to this as the “Decade of the Indian music festival” in an article in another publication, we fully back this claim.