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.
|Who Is This Vilayat Khan||1|
|1||The Early Years||9|
|2||The Making of a Musician||23|
|4||A Rock Star Is Born||59|
|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|
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