Maa. Siddheshwari

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Maa. Siddheshwari
In this book of reminiscences and records, Savita Devi along with Vibha S. Chauhan, lovingly and painstakingly traces the journey of her mother's life - the life of the legendary Hindustani classical singer Siddheshwari Devi. The authors describe in detail Siddheshwari's rise from an uncared-for orphan in her aunt's house in Banares to a famous classical singer and recipient of the Padmashree. The book takes readers through the gamut of her life; its struggles and glories; the rich and varied styles of music of the Banares gharana that she perfected; her interactions with other artists who gave shape and colour to Indian classical music. We glimpse the birth and evolution of a brilliant singer; we travel with her through her long years of riaz under her gurus; we applaud her when she performs and reveals nuances of thumri gayaki hitherto unknown; we suffer with her in her many sorrows, rejoice with her when she tastes success both in her personal and professional life. In this exhaustive and definitive biography of a great vocalist, the authors show us closely the angst, hardships, joys and sensibilities that are at the core of a true artist.
About the Author
Savita Devi was born in 1940. Besides being a proficient vocalist, she is also an accomplished sitarist. From an early age, she underwent rigorous training and specialized in vocal music styles of the Banares gharana-Purabi-ang, a form made famous by her mother. She studies classical music at Banares Hindu University where she got her post-graduate degree. In 1977, she founded the Smt Siddheshwari Devi Academy of Indian Music, which is carrying forward Siddheswari Devi's legacy in classical music. She has performed extensively in both India and abroad, and has received several awards. She is Head of Department of Music, Daulat Ram College, Delhi University, and is currently engaged in research to develop newer ways of presenting the thumri style of singing. Vibha Singh Chauhan was born in Delhi in 1957 and hails from eastern Uttar Pradesh. She has written widely about Indian classical music, especially on the women singers of India. She has also researched on the local deities and religion of her native place, and her work is in the possession of the Albert Memorial Museum, London. A lover of the culture, folk tradition and music of Uttar Pradesh, she has published on subjects as varied as English and Indian literature, child labour, women's issues, community and culture. Currently, she teaches English literature at Zakir Husain College, Delhi University.
TitleMaa. Siddheshwari
Author NameSavita Devi
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2000
Total No. of Pages136
Weight0.33 KGS
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