Gandharvi: Life of a Musician

By: Bani Basu (Author) & Jayita Sengupta (Tr.)

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Gandharvi: Life of a Musician, by the Sahitya Akademi Award-winning novelist Bani Basu (and translated by English scholar Jayita Sengupta), tells the story of Apala, a gifted singer of Hindustani classical music. She was born into an old, middle-class family of limited means in north Calcutta. To her family, her music meant little, as it did not fit their idea of ‘respectability’. Her husband ‘chose’ her after hearing her sing at a public concert, yet her marital life proved loveless. Her in-laws were insensitive and exploitative. Her children grew up learning to ignore their mother’s music. Shorn of freedom, love and, above all, music, Apala’s life moved towards a tragic end.Surrounding Apala’s story are the interlinked lives of other practitioners of music and classical art, like Soham, Mitul, Rameshwar Thakur, Dipali and Shekharan. Their lives intersected with Apala’s in ways that profoundly affected all of them. Written in lilting prose that draws on the idioms of Hindustani classical music, Gandharvi is also musical in its form, where in the end the movement of music and the life story of Apala become one and the same. A thinly veiled depiction of the classical music scene of Calcutta in the 1960s, this modern Bengali classic is also a celebration of the indomitable spirit of music. Printed Pages: 288.

Title: Gandharvi: Life of a Musician

Author Name: Bani Basu (Author) & Jayita Sengupta (Tr.)

Categories: India, Music,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2017

ISBN: 8125064230

ISBN 13: 9788125064237

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Size: 14 x 23 Cm

Seller ID: 112293

Keywords: Gandharvi: Life of a Musician Bani Basu (Author) & Jayita Sengupta (Tr.)