Wow! I must read that book!

In 1977, the year she passed away, Kesarbai Kerkar’s unforgettable rendition of raga Bhairavi, “Jaat kahan ho”, literally reached the celestial heights. This happened not because of her divine vocal talent (Tagore had conferred on her the title, “Surashri”, after an earth-shattering performance in Calcutta), and turned out to be a different kind of apotheosis. In fact, it was the Voyager spacecraft that carried her recorded voice to outer space, along with a selection of several other immortal melodies.

Many years later, Namita Devidayal learnt about this fascinating journey from a mischievously cryptic remark made by her guru, Dhondutai Kulkarni: “Did you know that Kesarbai’s music is circulating through the solar system?” “I gave my teacher a bemused look,” Devidayal confesses, “but suspended disbelief for the story that would follow, for I knew it would be charming, even if apocryphal”.

From Somak Ghosal’s review in the Telegraph of Namita Devidayal’s  book The Music Room. This is the first time I am reading this story–even Sheila Dhar does not inform us of this facet of Kerkar’s music; and, just for this story, I would like to own The Music Room.

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3 Responses to “Wow! I must read that book!”

  1. Sriram Venkatkrishnan Says:

    I have read the book and it is a wow! It is simply fantastic.

  2. Guru Says:

    Dear Sriram,

    Thanks for stopping by and the information. I am looking forward to getting a copy soon.

  3. The music Room of Namita Devidayal « Entertaining Research Says:

    […] so far, this year. I have mentioned the book and the several appreciative reviews the book received here, here, here, here, and here; and, the book deserves all the praise it got and […]

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