Annapurna Devi: An Unheard Melody

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Roli Books Private Limited, Apr 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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Baba Allauddin Khan's daughter, Pandit Ravi Shankar's first wife, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan's sister, representative of Maihar-Senia gharana - Annapurna Devi has an illustrious lineage. And she is a star in her own right - she is the only female surbahar player in the country. Yet, Annapurna's life is shrouded in mystery. Though she is a true guru to her hishyas, to others she is an eccentric recluse or simply too strong-minded. This first authorised biography offers a glimpse into her life, not to reveal or to shock, but to set the record straight - her turbulent years with Ravi Shankar, the death of her only son, her single-minded pursuit of music and a life in seclusion. Drawing on interviews with Annapurna Devi and her family members, admirers, critics and students, Swapan Kumar Bondyopadhyay offers an absorbing portrait of a brilliant individual, who shuns public erformances devoting her time instead to her music, her students and to keeping her father's legacy alive.
 

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Contents

The Early Years in Maihar 191741
Annapurna Alone
Searching for Annapurna
Epilogue
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About the author (2005)

Swapan Kumar Bandyopadhyay was born in Burdwan, West Bengal, in 1948. A Rezina Guha gold medallist from Calcutta University (1968), he has taught English at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal. At present, he heads the department of English at the Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya in Burdwan. He has learnt sitar under Pandit Indranil Bhattacharjee of the Maihar-Senia gharana. He was also tutored by Annapurna Devi. He has two books on music, in Bengali, to his credit. He has written for national dailies including The Telegraph, and is a regular contributor to the literary magazine Desh. He has also made a documentary on Maihar.

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