The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan

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About the Book Everyone knows Vilayat Khan but no one knows Vilayat Khan. Meditative and playful, generous and ruthless, he was many things to many people. He broke hearts and he broke rules. He tinkered as furiously with his car as he did with his instrument, which he transformed technically to create the new sitar standard. And always there was the music, at the centre of his being, protected and unharmed—music that contained the sound of 'fairies dancing, elephants are walkin...
About the Book

Everyone knows Vilayat Khan but no one knows Vilayat Khan. Meditative and playful, generous and ruthless, he was many things to many people. He broke hearts and he broke rules. He tinkered as furiously with his car as he did with his instrument, which he transformed technically to create the new sitar standard. And always there was the music, at the centre of his being, protected and unharmed—music that contained the sound of 'fairies dancing, elephants are walking’. Vilayat Khan saw music. He was the man who made the sitar sing.

Namita Devidayal, author of the acclaimed bestseller, The Music Room, recreates the extraordinary life of an artiste who fundamentally and forever changed Indian instrumental music. She follows his footsteps from Calcutta, through Delhi, Bombay, Shimla and Dehradun, to Princeton, USA, where he spent his last years. Filled with previously untold stories about the man and the musician, this is an intimate portrait of an uncommon genius.

It is also an absolute feat of research—and storytelling.

Vilayat Khan and Ravi Shankar promised each other they would never perform together after this. Kishan Maharaj later told someone, 'If these two eyes of India play together again, one will shut forever.

Contents

  Who Is This Vilayat Khan 1
1 The Early Years 9
2 The Making of a Musician 23
3 The Frenemy 47
4 A Rock Star Is Born 59
5 The Music 91
6 Portrait of a Young Musician 99
7 Life in the Hills 127
8 The Foreign Ciruit Small Loves, Big Loves 143
9 Small Loves, Big Loves 165
10 Roses in Deheradun 175
11 Bhairavi in America 201
12 Portrait of an Older Musician 215
13 Princeton Walk 229
14 Fading Out 241
15 Unstruck Sound 249
  Gratitude 252

 

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Item Code: NAO645 Author: Namita Devidayal Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2018 Publisher: Westland Ltd ISBN: 9789387578906 Language: English Size: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch Pages: 268 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 400 gms
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