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The sweet language of music is capable of 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 tranquility.
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 taals; 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 every emotion in the lyrics of her ghazals; Bismillah Khan who brought in his shehnai music a healing touch that elated children and grown-ups alike; M.S. Subbulakshmi, leading exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the Karnataka tradition 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.
Written in a simple language, this book capture the essence of the quality of music, which each one of these maestros perfected. It should be equally useful for connoisseurs of music as well as all lovers of Indian music.
About the Author
M.L. Ahuja has over thirty books to his credit. He is the recipient of Janseva Sadbhavana Award (2006), Bharat Gaurav Award (2007) and Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Ekta Samman (2009). He was the area representative of International Association of Orientalist Librarians for three years and is now executive secretary of Afro-Asian Book Council. He is associated with book publishing as well as marketing of books and journals in India since 1959. He has travelled extensively both within and outside India and has presented a number of papers at several national and international seminars. He has also contributed a number of articles to journals and books.