Category Archives: Music

Freddie Mercury: Asteroid named after late Queen star to mark 70th birthday

Freddie Mercury: Asteroid named after late Queen star to mark 70th birthday

An asteroid has been named after Freddie Mercury to mark what would have been the singer’s 70th birthday. The Queen frontman has had his name attached to Asteroid 17473, which was discovered in 1991 – the year he died. Queen guitarist Brian May told a gathering of 1,250 fans at Montreux Casino in Switzerland that…

Ariana Vafadari: Gathas, Songs My Father Taught Me

Ariana Vafadari: Gathas, Songs My Father Taught Me

Ariana Vafadari is a singer and along with her team at Quart de Lune has produced a new album of music titled: Gathas, Songs My Father Taught Me. Here is a youtube trailer of her album. Ariana Vafadari, vocal;  Habib Meftah Bousheri, percussions;  Haroun Teboul, oud, tanbur, ney;  Mohamed Hafsi, double bass;  Julien Carton, piano

The Ninety First Symphony: Homi Dastoor’s Musical Journey

The Ninety First Symphony: Homi Dastoor’s Musical Journey

The Ninety First Symphony is a beautiful documentary on Homi Dastoor’s Musical Journey. Readers of Parsi Khabar are familiar with Homi’s work which was featured here and here. His wonderful book “Musical Journeys: A personal introduction to Western Classical Composers” is a beautiful read for those who love Western Classical music. The Ninety First Symphony…

No One Better than Zubin Mehta for the Bharat Ratna

No One Better than Zubin Mehta for the Bharat Ratna

India’s highest civilian award should be given to someone who is admired by everyone — like Zubin Mehta. Written by Anil Dharker | Indian Express Zubin Mehta’s name would be a wonderful — and fully deserving — addition to this list. On April 29, he turned 80, but in his case, age is truly just…

Zubin: Just another Parsi boy

Zubin: Just another Parsi boy

A nervous, awestruck gentleman had been granted fifteen precious minutes of the Maestro’s time. My friend, the gentleman in question, had spent a sleepless night memorising what to say to the great man. The moment arrived. They met. Fifteen minutes flew. My friend emerged walking on air. His first reaction said it all : “My…

Hilla Poncha: Meet Zubin’s Jabra Fan for the last 80 years

Hilla Poncha: Meet Zubin’s Jabra Fan for the last 80 years

There were still 20 minutes to go for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to commence, and the city’s nattily dressed, high profile audience – Shireen Gandy, Adi Jehangir, Smita Chrishna, Pheroza Godrej – were still making their way to Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA. But Hilla Pocha was there well before time, waiting for Zubin Mehta to…

Parsi kids revive Monajats at event

On Saturday evening, the Parsi community of Mumbai saw the recital of MonaJat songs, or religious Parsi songs, during a competition at Allbless Baug in Charni Road. This was for the first time that such an event was held in the city. Article by Forum Gandhi | DNA Around 250 children, aged between 5-15 years,…

Zubin Mehta: I miss my father being in the audience and criticising me later

Zubin Mehta: I miss my father being in the audience and criticising me later

Zubin Mehta, who returns to Mumbai to celebrate his 80th with three grand concerts, says he could still do with a bit of critiquing from his father With six decades of work behind him, Padma Vibhushan Zubin Mehta has been hailed by many as the world’s greatest living conductor in classical music today. World leaders,…