Brooklyn, N.Y. (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
In every area of endeavor and in every culture, certain personalities appear from time to time that profoundly affect the course of a particular field for generations to come. In the sphere of North Indian Classical Music, historical figures such as Swami Haridas, Mian Tansen, Sadarang, Masit Khan, Bhatkhande and other personalities of great importance come to mind. Each of them affects the art, or a particular aspect of the art, in such a way that they shape the very standards of excellence, and even the requisite repertoire, which would have to be adhered to by future practitioners. What they contribute becomes a part of the lexicon and required knowledge for the serious professionals in the field.
Acharya Ustad Allauddin Khan written by Anjana Roy takes a glimpse of Ustad Allaudin Khan’s extraordinary life as an artist, as a historically significant contributor to the great art of music, and as a man of the noblest character. He is a landmark musician who is in the forefront of musical culture in the 20th century. He broke the bonds of orthodoxy and close-mindedness with which the old families and teaching lineages withheld the knowledge of North Indian Classical Music. He endeavored to make this art available for anyone interested and talented, without sacrificing the integrity of it in any way whatsoever.
Allauddin Khan’s achievements as a performer were historic in itself – a musician who would be remembered as one of the greatest virtuosos and musical thinkers of all time. At the same time, his service to India and the world in bringing this ancient art out to common society is perhaps an accomplishment paralleled only by the great social reformers of all time. It is impossible to sketch the life-portrait of a man of such scope, particularly as his achievements spanned close to a hundred years. He lived for over a century and continued his work until his very last days.
Acharya Ustad Allauddin Khan presents to readers how Allauddin Khan’s work became a seed for the eventual ambassadorial role that North Indian (and for that matter South Indian) Classical music would take up and represent to the world for decades to come. This book is a reflection of the great man’s life and work and provides a glimpse to readers of what was felt by those who were around him. This work is humbly offered to his memory and legacy
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About the Author
Anjana Roy comes from Delhi, India, where she had her early initiation in music under Shri Rebati Ranjan Debnath, her father and guru, who was a disciple of Ustad Allauddin Khan of Maihar. Later, she learned from several masters of the art. Roy earned her Master’s in Arts (instrumental music-sitar) from Banasthali Vidyapith of Jaipur, Rajasthan under the guidance of Shri Rameshwar Dayal Verma.She continued her training under Shri Sachin Datta in Delhi. Ms.Roy received the degree of Master of Philosophy (instrumental music-sitar) from the University of New Delhi, under the guidance of Pandit Debu Chaudhuri. She further studied sitar with Pandit Manilal Nag, and later Shri Prasanna Kumar Singh, a disciple of Pandit Manilal Nag. Settled in New York, she has taught sitar music at Shikshayatan Institution in Queens N.Y., and has performed at the Queens Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn Public Library, International House, the Indian Consulate and in many private concerts. Currently, she is studying under the tutelage of Shri Parimal M. Sadaphal from Delhi, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar and one of the foremost sitarist of India. Ms.Roy released a CD of Indian Classical Music on sitar featuring Raga Bageshee in 2006.
Acharya Ustad Allauddin Khan * by Anjana Roy
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Publication Date: August 10, 2012
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