The seven young ladies of T-ara can gloat about two things this week: First is about the growing popularity of their new EP, and second is the fact they are the group that finally put an end to soloist IU's historic five-week run at No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100.
Filed under: News , New Music , Exclusive , Around the World World Village You might be struck by the opening of 'Samaagam,' a consistently striking and unique concerto for Indian sarod and western classical ensemble that teams composer-soloist Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with conductor/arranger David Murphy. The opening prelude, 'Ganesh Kalyan,' is an invocation to the beloved Hindu elephant god (notable as the remover of obstacles), beginning with a simple ascending three-note run from the tonic to the fifth to the octave. Doesn't that sound like the opening of an ode to another South Asian deity, Richard Strauss' 'Also Sprach Zarathustra,' globally known for its dramatic usage by Stanley Kubrick at the start of ' 2001: A Space Odyssey '?