The Fuschia Tree
Editor's Note.
Every sunbeam, every strain of music, every sapling and starfish is ultimately the regeneration of a previous something, a collection of somethings, taking on new shape. At the most indivisible level we can comprehend, all life is nothing more than atoms and molecules dancing their way through various forms. And if everything comes from something, it stands to reason that everything must go to something as well.
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Singing the Infinity Mirror: The Many Voices of Rachel Varghese.

By Medha Kulkarni, Issue 26, Illusion: Seeing Beyond Seeing.
I need to be a positive space to be able to write, create and compose music, but sadness is an emotion that I channel to write my music. It’s an emotion powerful enough to let the words just flow out...

Something Heard: A Conversation with Sticky Note.

By Meenakshi Thirukode, Issue 25, Meaning: In Search of Significance.
Meaning is sought in the voice of childhood curiosity, flowing like a stream of question following question. The search for meaning is nurtured in its childhood googly-eyed enthusiasm, but that search predictably falls into the rigmarole of the existential during adulthood. Like a jaded question looming over us, we begin to think of meaning within the abstractions of what the word conjures in our preconditioned, tainted minds.

Music Sounds Better With You: In Sync with Madboy/Mink.

By Simone Dinshaw, Issue 24, Melody: A Different Tune
I heard her sing for the first time at this loud, raucous party and her voice hit me from across the room. I immediately struck a deal with her – you sing on some of my tunes, and I’ll cook and do the dishes...

Rolling with the Royalty of Reggae.

By Varsha Reshamwala, Issue 24, Melody: A Different Tune
The poorer classes needed a voice, a means of expressing themselves. Reggae, which evolved out of ska and rocksteady, served as a kind of release for them. The lyrics were naturally serious...

Striking a Spiritual Chord: In Conversation with Sattyananda.

By Varsha Reshamwala, Issue 24, Melody: A Different Tune
On one hand you have a flute, for example, which is made out of wood, a natural material, and on the other hand you have a synthesizer, which runs on electricity. Anything out of the ordinary is fascinates me...

From Chaos to Cosmos with a Basic Love of Things.

By Aneesha Bangera, Issue 24, Melody: A Different Tune
The name Basic Love Of Things came up in a conversation that we were having about enjoying the things we do at a very primal, basic level. The name sounded good but was too long...

Dub FX and the Geometry of Wonder.

By Aneesha Bangera, Issue 23, Wonder: Between Nature and Art.
It is said that we are nothing more than the sum of all our experiences. We are made of atoms and molecules and equal measures of wonder and love. As children, we stared wide-eyed at the world around us. Tales of magic and adventure enthrall us, just as ladybugs and shooting stars and faces in the windows did.

Hip-Hop and Fresh out of the Kitchen: Stomaching Dualist Inquiry's Sound.

By Simone Dinshaw, Issue 18, Hunger, February 2013
All this time, we had it backwards. We thought the hunger was the artist’s; the starving artist with the clawing in his core that drives him to create, to fill the empty spaces and silences with...

Sona: On Recurring Dreams, The Moebius Ring And A Call At 3 In The Morning.

By the Bassist of Euphoria, DJ Bhadhuri.
TFT: It’s an open secret that you’re a huge fan of The Beatles. Lennon or McCartney? DJ: Sir Paul McCartney.

Stringing A Yarn: A Dozen of India’s Most Lyrical Storytellers

By Sahil Vasudeva, Issue 13, The Fiction Issue, October 2012
The language of music plays on our senses, altering their form, distorting the way they perceive, leaving an imprint of images and melodies in our minds

How to Frame (Musical) Chance?

By David Tappeser, Issue 12, The Chance Issue, September 2012
David Tappeser, a jazz musician based in Paris, leads us through five pieces of music comparing the tight structure of the North Indian rag to the open improvisation of Free Jazz.

The Captive

By Himali Singh Soin, Issue 11, Beauty And The Useless, September 2012
A list-poem about a person who is being transformed into a work of art, devoid of purpose, to the tunes of Frank Zappa.

Illusion: Seeing Beyond Seeing
Meaning: In Search of Significance.
Melody: A Different Tune
Rhythm: Ordering Time

Dhrupadi Ghosh is an old friend of mine. We have often had long sessions of adda late at night, discussing her dream projects since her college days at Santiniketan, where she majored in Sculpture.