Music to the Ears: great Masters of Hindustani
Instrumental Music is a modest attempt to assess the life and contribution of
about thirty personalities who have devoted their life - time to the creation,
enrichment and propagation of Hindustani instrumental music primarily through
performance, teaching and research. The author tries to present profiles of these
personalities whom he had seen, heard, met and known on friendly terms, over
the years in a non - conventional manner by combining reminiscence, interview,
analysis, discussion and biographical information in a composite form.
interest in Hindustani music is growing in India and abroad significantly and Music
to the Ears: Great Masters of Hindustani Instrumental Music will benefit both
students and connoisseurs of music.
About the Author:
Mohan Nadkarni has been acknowledged as one of
the best known music critics in India since 1948 . Basically a student of Sanskrit
literature and Ancient Indian History, he later on took to Indian musicology and
aesthetics. He has contributed articles and reviews of concerts and recorded
music as well as Sanskrit musical in English. A broadcaster and telecaster in
English and Marathi, his other books are At the Center: Fifteen Musicians of
Madhya Parades; Bal Gandharva: The Non-Peril Thespian; Bhimsen Joshi: A
Biography; Great Masters of Hindustani Vocal Music, and Samvaad Directory of
Indian Classical Musicians and Dancers.
A recipient of several awards and
distinctions, he was honored by the Karnataka Rajya Sangeeta Nritya Academy
with the conferment of the Karnataka Kala-Shree accolade for 1997 in recognition
of his contribution to the performing arts.
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