The Lost World of Hindustani Music

The Lost World of Hindustani Music

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Item Code: IDF889
Author: Kumar Prasad Mukherji
Publisher: Penguin Groups
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9780143061991
Pages: 354 (B & W Illus: 8)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.6" X 5.0"
Weight 350 gm
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'Kudrat teri rang-birangee!
Oh many-splendoured Creation!'

So went the bhajan Ustad Abdul Karim Khan sang before the saint Tajuddin Baba. The Holy man entranced by the song, clapped his hands and danced.

Kumar Prasad elegy to a vanishing age of musical giants comprises many such shared experiences between performer and audience between recital and applause. It is his salute to a world receding into the shadows of history peopled by ustads, pandits, the rich and the famous, the sacred and the profane. He traces the origins of their schools from fold traditions to the courts of ancient emperors to the sound of ankle-bells of dancing girls. He points to the time when notation crept into classical music horrifying old masters accustomed to an art form that celebrated spontaneity and improvisation but resulting in the preservation of rages that would otherwise have been lost to time.

While Mukherji's beloved Pandits and Buwas may have been inspired by the divine has recounting from legends and from personal memory shows us those greats as intensely human creatures. Appetites drive them not always noble and their intrigues and jealousies are universal. Humour too abounds in these pages as do character who will remain forever etched in the mind of the reader.

CONTENTS
1 Early Years 1
2 The Birth of Khayal 35
3 Gwalior Gharana 57
4 Patiala and Sahaswan 105
5 Agra Gharana and Ustad Faiyaz khan 146
6 Jaiur Gharana and Ustad Alladiya Khan 191
7 Kirana Gharana 229
8 Bhaskar Rao Bakhle 307
9 Shrikrishna Ratanjankar 335
Notes 342
Glossary 347

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