Monday, December 27, 2010

A Life in Music

Name of the book : M S A life in Music
Author: T.J.S.GEORGE
Cost : Rs.295-00

M. S. Subbulakshmi, the famous name of Carnatic music is to known to all music lovers of India. To know how music transcends all barriers, all one has to do is to listen to MS Subbulakshmi sing. Her mellifluous voice, her phenomenal diction and above all, her emotional and aesthetic appeal held audiences worldwide spell bound. Her long and fascinating odyssey began in the south Indian temple town of Madurai and took her to various places including Madras, New York and London. She became famous because of her concerts for charitable causes. Her first charitable cause Kasturba Gandhi. If her repertoire was legendary, so was her humility, despite having won the Magsaysay Award ( 1974 ) and the Bharat Ratna ( 1998 ).

She is married to Sri T.Sasasivam , who guided her career and made her famous. They are very closely connected to the famous personalities of that time like Sri C.Rajagopalachari, Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Babu Rajendra Prasad, S. Radhakrishnan to name a few. They also maintained close rapport with North Indian Hindustani Ustads such as Bismillah Khan (Shehnai), Ravi Shankar (Sitar), Alla Rakha (tabla) Alladiya Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan are her idols. Nehru is a great admirer of MS. At one of her concerts where Nehru is the chief guest he said " who-am-I-a-mere-Prime Minister-before-a-queen-of-songs ".

This authoritative biography unravels the saga of one of India's most revered and respected musicians, whose name became synonymous with bhakti.

This is a very good book worth reading.

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