Small Talk 4 | Indian Classical Music

Check out the fourth episode of Small Talk. Our captivating online video series features conversations between fascinating people from across various disciplines including music, cinema, art, anthropology, politics and philosophy. In our fourth Small Talk, join acclaimed Hindustani Classical vocalist, Meeta Pandit as she discusses Indian music with award-winning broadcaster, journalist, novelist and Indian Classical Music specialist, Jameela Siddiqi. Watch the episode here:


Meeta and Jameela explore various subjects from musical heritage to interpretation, from techniques to ragas, from vocalisation to the significance of lyrics as well as their own personal connections to music. The episode crosses over various musical forms from Gwalior Gharana, to Qawwali, from Punjabi folk to popular music. Meeta offers a fascinating insight into how she interprets her music and her teaching under her grandfather, Padma Bhushan Pt. Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, the doyen of Northern Indian Classical music in the 20th century, and her father Pandit Laxman Krishnarao Pandit.


Meeta Pandit is the sixth in the unbroken lineage of the Pandit family and the first woman in the family to have taken up music as a profession. Her voice, both melodious and robust, whose vocal range stretches over three octaves, and her beautiful raga handling have won her critical acclaim and awards.


Jameela Siddiqi is a regular contributor to Songlines, a leading publication on World Music and she has written and broadcasted for the BBC. She has translated film, folk and classical Indian poetry and songs. Jameela has lectured in the UK and abroad on all aspects of Indian classical music and culture.