Lost world of Hindustani music
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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 Mukherji's 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 folk traditions to the courts of ancient emperors to the sound of the 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 ragas that would otherwise have been lost to time. While Mukherji's beloved 'Khansahebs', 'Panditjis' and 'Buwas' may have been inspired by the divine, his recounting from legends and from personal memory shows us those greats as intensely human creatures. They are driven by appetites not always noble and their intrigues and jealousies are universal. Humour, too, abounds in these pages, as do characters that will remain forever etched in the mind of the reader.

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 Mukherji's 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 folk traditions to the courts of ancient emperors to the sound of the 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 ragas that would otherwise have been lost to time. While Mukherji's beloved 'Khansahebs', 'Panditjis' and 'Buwas' may have been inspired by the divine, his recounting from legends and from personal memory shows us those greats as intensely human creatures. They are driven by appetites not always noble and their intrigues and jealousies are universal. Humour, too, abounds in these pages, as do characters that will remain forever etched in the mind of the reader.

AuthorKumar Prasad Mukherji
BindingPaperback
EAN9780143061991
ISBN0143061992
Height780 mm
Width508 mm
Weight110 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages354
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2006-05-13
PublisherPenguin India
StudioPenguin India
Sales Rank58461

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  • The author associated with Lost world of Hindustani music is Kumar Prasad Mukherji.
  • The EAN for Lost world of Hindustani music is 9780143061991.
  • The ISBN for Lost world of Hindustani music is 0143061992.
  • The height for Lost world of Hindustani music is 780 mm.
  • The width for Lost world of Hindustani music is 508 mm.
  • The weight for Lost world of Hindustani music is 110 g.
  • The language for Lost world of Hindustani music is English.
  • The binding of Lost world of Hindustani music is Paperback.
  • The number of pages for Lost world of Hindustani music are 354.
  • Lost world of Hindustani music is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for Lost world of Hindustani music is 2006-05-13.
  • The publisher for Lost world of Hindustani music is Penguin India.
  • The producer for Lost world of Hindustani music is Penguin India.
  • The sales rank for Lost world of Hindustani music is 58461.
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