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Begum Akhtar : The Story of My Ammi

Shanti Hiranand

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ISBN 10: 8130901722 / ISBN 13: 9788130901725
Published by Viva Books, New Delhi, 2005
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Contents Prologue. A word about Shanti Hiranand's book on Begum Akhtar. Preface. 1. Service and love. 2. Seclusion. 3. God. 4. Knowledge. 5. Ecstasy. 6. Truth. 7. Union with God. 8. Extinction. 9. References. 10. Glossary. Begum Akhtar b. circa. 1914 d 1974 a legend in her own lifetime is one such person on whom there is no available biography. A pioneer in the field of Indian light classical music she helped popularize the traditional form of thumri and ghazal gayaki and took it to the concert level all over India and abroad. Unfortunately despite her talents an entire generation of Indians has grown up listening to only gossip connected with Begum Akhtar's life be it the controversy surrounding the Nawab of Rampur or her other alleged affairs. This is what Shanti Hiranand has attempted in her memoirs. It is a book that will hopefully provide a salve to all those open wounds surrounding Begum Akhtar's persona. 170 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 58194

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Title: Begum Akhtar : The Story of My Ammi

Publisher: Viva Books, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

Edition: New

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Indian legends have a way of completely disappearing from public memory as living, breathing (sometimes fire-breathing!), three-dimensional characters who are both loved and loathed for what they are they remain stuck somewhere on the firmament, like the stars, unreachable, unassailable, untouchable it is considered blasphemous to even think of deconstructing their myth, equal in depravity to acknowledging one's parents' sex lives! as a result of which the things that one would have liked to say to them remain unsaid resentments and imagined slights grow and fester social hypocrisy demands that we, the acolytes, remain quiet the pain of our rejection mellows with the years and then suddenly a day comes when we forget-the living person, the trappings that defined them, trivia that seemed so important then is completely forgotten all that remains in our minds is an image of some demigod, performing superhuman feats

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