Author: Ramlal MathurMalati Mathur/Publisher: Indialog PublicationsYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 144ISBN/UPC (if available): 8184430191
The renowned sarod maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan began his career at the court of Maharaja Ummed Singh of Jodhpur, where Ramlal Mathur was associated with him as one of his earliest disciples, learning both vocal music and sitar from the Ustad in the guru-sishya parampara. His position in the Ustad's house was also that of an intimate friend and as such he was privy to certain personal and endearing moments in the Ustad's life during that time. Ramlalji was fortunate enough to meet the erstwhile greats of Hindustani classical music including the formidable Baba Allauddin Khan, the Ustad's father and guru and he offers fascinating glimpses of these characters straight out of a Music Who's Who. This book is an account of the faded period of royal patronage of the arts, accompanied by rare photographs and musical notations.
Message PrefaceGolden Jubilee Celebrations of the Ummed Bhawan Place, JodhpurAli Akbar Khan: Sarod Maestro ExtraordinaireUstad Ali Akbar Khan's Musical LineageA Glimpse of JodhpurAdvent of the Ustad in JodhpurMy First Sight of the UstadAccepted as a Disciple: My First LessonFormation of An OrchestraThe Next LessonFirst Meeting with BabaSome Intimate MomentsPandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat KhanMy First Sitar LessonCelebrations at the FortA Meeting with Baba in GwaliorNikhil BanerjiJaidevThe Jodhpur Music ConferenceThe Radio StationJourney to CalcuttaOnwards to BombayLife in BombayScattered MomentsHanwant SinghConclusionsReflections