Author: Juthika RoyPublisher: Bharatiya Vidya BhavanYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 252ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788172764685
Juthika Roy, iconic exponent of bhakti sangeet, began her carrer in mid-1930s through concerts and disc-records. By the 1950s, with guidance from her gurus and composers - mainly Kamal Dasgupta, Pandit Mathur and Bhishmadev Chatterjee - she became a sought-after singer of bhajans and other devotional forms in concert circuits from Kolkata to Mumbai and Ahemdabad. She also had a very successful concert tour of Sri Lanka and East Africa. Her rise to fame went parallel to the great boom in the 78-rpm disc-record industry to which her contribution of around 340 songs in Hindi and Bengali made her a top-selling artiste of the HMV and other record labels. There was a time when many middle class homes even in small towns repeatedly played her three-minute Meera and other Krishna bhakti records - thus making her a household name. Her near-ascetic life with very simple tastes in food and clothing made her spiritual pursuits through music an easy task - which eventually lifted bhakti sangeet out of temples and bhajan mandals and gave it concert status. She was perhaps the only artiste of the era in North India who could hold concerts purely devoted to bhakti geet. This book of her memories adds a valuable chapter to the music history of her times.
ContentsPrefaceTranslator’s NoteIn AppreciationPublisher’s NoteMy Story1. Birth and Early Childhood2. Bagerhaat3. Early Days in Senhati4. Growing up in Senhati5. My Siblings6. Tangail7. Kolkata8. Intial Years9. In the Throes of Death10. Under the Tutelage of Ustad Bhismadev11. To Allahabad12. First Visit to Bombay13. The War Years14. Post-Independence15. Visit to Sri Lanka16. Reminiscing about Functions held in Kolkata17. Association with Radio18. Tour of East Africa19. House in Shyampukur Street 20. The Seventies21. Is It a Dream or a Reality?Complete List of Juthika Roy’s-SongsIndex