ISBN 9788178242446,Raga’n Josh: Stories from a Musical Life

Raga’n Josh: Stories from a Musical Life


Sheila Dhar


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Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9788178242446

ISBN-10 8178242443


Number of Pages 310 Pages
Language (English)

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About the Author
SHEILA DHAR (1929 2001) studied at Hindu College, Delhi, and obtained her MA in English (with the highest distinction: summa cum laude) from Boston University. Though she wrote essays and stories with a skill possessed only by the rarest of raconteurs, the passion of her life was Hindustani classical music, which she performed, studied, and wrote about with profound insight and an uncommon wit. She served on the board of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and was advisor for music to the Indian Council of Cultural Relations. Married to the economist P.N. Dhar (who was for many years Indira Gandhi s closest advisor), she also had occasion to observe the workings of India s bureaucracy and political elites. She turned her pen on them with equal facility, summing up the pomposity and stupidity of babudom through incomparable real-life stories that are unlike anything written in modern Indian English. Sheila Dhar s books include Children s History of India (1961); This India (1973); and Here s Someone I d Like You to Meet (1995).

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