Read 29 June 2011
This book is more than a story – it’s a tribute from a student to its teacher, to the generations of musicians and their struggles to create, excel in the musical gems and pass them to the next generations through tough training and trust, the history of the rise of a classical music empire and inheritance, the anecdotes and inspiring stories which live by word of mouth, and surely it is the soul of music – so gentle and pure!! I read somewhere – there is no one who does not like music and if there is he is a devil for sure.
This book brings to life all aspects and facets of a musician and an artist - the ‘religious singers’ who sing to appease Gods, ‘entertainers’ who sing to appease audience, ‘performers’ who sing to appease the art and then there are teachers who sing to teach and pass on the legacy for future. I did not ever think that such great music and musicians took birth in small towns of Maharashtra like Kolhapur & Sangli. Also the usage of Tai and Bai especially in names of Maharashtrian and Goan women which actually relate to their biological cycle: “tai” is assumed at the crack of puberty and automatically turns to “bai” at the conclusion of menopause. As for women over 60 as the self-righteous virgins – we call them “Lata-didi.”
|Alladiya Khan with his son Burji Khan (left) |
and grandson Azzizuddin Khan