'My Name is Gauhar Jaan!' - The Life and Times of a Musician

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Genre:Hindustani Classical Music


Price:595 INR /14 USD




Credits: Copyright :

Copyright 2010: Vikram Sampath

Published in 2010 by: Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd.

716, Ansari Road, Daryaganj

New Delhi 110002


Language: English

Hardcover, 318 pages

Born as Eileen Angelina Yeoward, an Armenian Christian who later converted to Islam, Gauhar Jaan was a naturally gifted musician with a wide repertoire. One of the earliest women artistes who siezed opportunity that came with the advent of recording technology, hers was the first Indian voice to be recorded in 1902. In her illustrious career she cut close to 600 records.

This book traces the story of her life with all its attendant myths, legends and folklore, some of which are recorded, some apocryphal; as well as the times during which she lived and made exquisite music. The socio-cultural context serves to put her contribution and the role of women like her to Hindustani music in perspective. Through her music, an attempt is made to analyse the different genres of Hindustani music that Gauhar and singers like her popularised, namely the Thumri, Dadra and Ghazal. The book also describes briefly the evolution of the recording industry in India and its impact on Indian music, theatre and social life.

The enclosed CD brings back to life India's first voice to be etched on the shellac disc.

The above information has been taken from the book jacket.


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