Author: M L AhujaPublisher: RupaYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 90ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129110156
Music as the sweetest language comes from one's depth of mind, absorbing and making one oblivious of one's anxieties in life. It is especially so with Indian music which is always in tune with celestial peace and tranquillity.This book, Eminent Indians: Musicians, while underlining the quality of the Indian music system, brings to focus the lives and contributions of some musicians who have distinguished themselves in the firmament of time.Among them are: Tansen, one among the nine jewels in the court of Emperor Akbar; Ustad Alauddin Khan, a consummate teacher who composed many ragas and taalas; Bal Gandharva, the epitome of the spirit of Marathi Sangeet Natak and Natak Samrat; Begum Akhtar, a prodigy who could make her audience sway to very emotion in the lyrics of her ghazal; Bismillah Khan who brought in his shehnal music a healing touch that elated children and grown-ups alike; M.S. Subbulakshmi, leasing exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the Karnataka traditional of South India; Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Known for blending the best features of diverse schools; Ravi Shankar, a fountainhead of creativity; Lata Mangeshkar whose mellifluous voice has captivated the hearts of millions of people throughout the world; and Amjad Ali Khan, one of the very few exponents of Hindustani music who has discovered several new ragas.
Preface 1. Tansen 2. Bal Shankar 3. Kundan Lal Saigal 4. Begum Akhtar 5. Bismillah Khan 6. M.S. Subbulakshmi 7. Bhimsen Joshi8. Lata Mangeshkar 9. Amjad Ali KhanBibliography