‘This book is a must for every musician and music lover!’ – Pandit Ravi Shankar says in the front cover of the book, that strikes the key note of the book, and breezily summarizes the theme of the book.
The book is about music and musicians and is a treat if you love music. The book revolves around the life of Dhondutai Kulkarni, who is highly acclaimed singer of the Jaipur gharana. The book begins with Namita meeting Dhondutai for the first time and being taken as a disciple. As Namita progresses in her musical journey, she unravels the life of her teacher.
Better part of the book is dedicated to Dhondutai, Namita gives us a glimpse into the lives of Alladiya Khan, Bhurji Khan and Kesarbai Kerkar who all had been Dhondutai’s teachers at a point of time. The book doesn’t sound like a boring list of anecdotes and incidents. Namita beautifully weaves the present and the past and also manages to sneak in a thing or two about Indian music, its origin and its history.
Even for someone who is not interested in the singer as such, this book would still be fulfilling. It gives an overview of what a gharana is, how each gharana differs from the rest, the culture, and the much talked about arrogance of the singers.
Pick this book up if you love music or if you like to read something that keeps you engaged through and through. I’d rate it a 3.25/5
This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own.