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Gauhar Jaan - 1905 Thumri Recording

My Name Is Gauhar Jan by Vikram Sampath

Gauhar Jaan (गौहर जान) (1873–1930) was an Indian singer and dancer or a tawaif from Calcutta. She was one of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India.

My Name is Gauhar Jaan! : The Life and Times of a Musician tries to demystify the myth and mystery around one of the most enigmatic legends in Indian music history Gauhar Jaan. Vikram Sampath, in this remarkable book, brings forth little known details of this fascinating woman who was known for her melodious voice, her multi-lingual skills, poetic sensibility, irresistible personality and her extravagant lifestyle. From her early days in Azamgarh and Banaras to the glory years in Calcutta when Gauhar ruled the world of Indian music, to her sad fall from grace and end in Mysore, the book takes the reader through the roller-coaster ride of this feisty musician. In the process, the author presents a view of the socio-historical context of Indian music and theatre during that period 

The author Vikram Sampath was born in Bangalore and completed his Engineering in Electronics and Masters in Mathematics from BITS-Pilani in 2003. He subsequently did an M.B.A. in finance from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. He currently works in the retail banking division of a leading multinational bank in Bangalore.

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Hardcover: 346 pages
Publisher: Rupa & Co. (April 1, 2010)
Language: English