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Begum Akhtar
Akhtaribai Faizabadi, or Begum Akhtar as she was later called, was a much loved classical diva of twentieth century India. The last of the great female singers from the courtesan (tawaif) community, Begum Akhtar effortlessly transcended that label to marry Barrister Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbassi of Lucknow. Witty, vibrant, and engaging with the world at various levels, here was a remarkable woman who took life head-on, and by many accounts, perhaps a bit recklessly. As a tawaif, she was trained to charm the system and subvert narrow patriarchal practices by means of highly sophisticated seduction. At another level, she was a hapless victim, constantly tormented by the twists and turns of her own destiny. She trudged on regardless, driven by a deep inner quest to pursue love in its purest form, as an end in itself; be it in music or in life. Begum Akhtar: Love's Own Voice documents her troubled and tempestuous life through the narratives of some of her closest friends and associates.
About the Author
S. Kalidas has been writing prolifically on the Indian art scene for over two decades. He has been the art editor with India Today, the leading Indian news magazine, and has worked for Indian newspapers such as The Times of India and The Pioneer, in senior editorial capacities. He is a trained musicologist, and has given lectures at universities and conservatories in India and abroad. In the mid-1990s, he made a highly well-received documentary - Hai Akhtari - on the life of Begum Akhtar. He also co-scripted the film Rasa Yatra on the life of his teacher Mallikarjun Mansur, which won the Golden Lotus at the National Film Awards in 1994. He is the son of J. Swaminathan, an acclaimed Indian modernist painter and art critic.
TitleBegum Akhtar
Author NameS. Kalidas
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2009
Total No. of Pages84
Weight0.43 KGS
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