Read An Unheard Melody by Swapan Kumar Bondyopadhyay by Swapan Kumar Drawing on interviews with Annapurna Devi and her family members. Baba Allauddin Khan’s daughter, Pandit Ravi Shankar’s first wife, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s sister, representative of Maihar-Senia gharana – Annapurna Devi has. An Unheard Melody has 22 ratings and 1 review. Baba Allauddin Khan’s daughter, Pandit Ravi Shankar’s first wife, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s.

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A heart rending tale of a superior musician compelled to stop performing by her sexist, confining husband Ravi Shankar. He struggled to find meaning in his life, given that his parents were diametrically opposite in their thinking styles and ways of life.

Rolibooks 31 December Language: Annapurnz the book provides some information on Annapurnadevi and other musicians, the writing is unimpressive, patchy and does not reveal the complete personality of the great lady. Here is an artist who has not given a public performance for the last 50 years and yet music stalwarts like Nikhil Banerjee, Hari Prasad Chaurasia consult her before their concerts.

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What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? This is again one of the reasons for the rift between Annapurna and Ravi Shankar.

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Lists with This Book. She is one of the most insightful devk I have ever met. Sugata marked it as to-read Dec 11, For comparison Namita Devidayal’s The Music Room is a very good example of how portraits of the musicians are fully developed and interestingly written.

I am also named after her son Shubhendra. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Stories of Songs. For her, music was a spiritual path, not for entertainment.

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Annapurna liked the slow soulful surbahar instrument technically far more superior than SitarRavi Shankar preferred Sitar. A Life in Music. So, he started teaching Sitar to Annapurna. For all that said for her temper, she was very loving.

Nothing worked for Ravi Shankar and his life in Delhi was miserable. Some say that Ravi Shankar made her take a vow that she would not give a concert in public.

I saw Basant Kabraji there, head down, practising two chalans in Yaman. Debamitro Chakraborti rated it liked it Jul devvi, Yet, Annapurna’s life is shrouded in mystery.

I met pishima Annapurna Devi twice, and that was only possible because of my guru, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan sahab, who took me along with him.


I still remember that composition. Though she is a true guru to her shishyas, to others she is an eccentric recluse or simply too strong-minded. One should always practice as if the teacher was sitting in the next room listening.

Annapurna Devi: An Unheard Melody

There was something very systematic about my learning with Annapurna ma. So a lot of things being unhearv and written are speculation. He has two books on music, in Bengali, to his credit. From then on Ravi Shankar treats tatbaba as a god. All these questions and many more are answered through this book.

Praveen Thumma rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Customers who viewed this item also viewed. She has shunned public life to an meloddy that she hardly steps out of her house.

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She immersed herself in hours of riyaz and teaching Sitar. Trishna jnheard it May 15, So, soon, the logical thing happened. At present, he heads the department of English at the Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya in Burdwan.