My Name is Gauhar Jaan! -
The Life and Times of a Musician


Book reading in Bangalore - 23rd April 2010

A reading of Vikram Sampath's book 'My Name is Gauhar Jaan' was organized at the Crossword Bookstore on Residency Road in Bangalore on 23rd April 2010.  



Veteran musician and scholar Dr. Shyamala G. Bhave and noted artiste and Bengaluru Habba convenor, Smt. Nandini Alva were guests of honour at the event. Author Vikram Sampath gave the audience a brief insight about Gauhar Jaan, her life and times and her contributions to Hindustani music. Dr Shyamala Bhave spoke endearingly about the research efforts of the author and also the manner in which Gauhar was an inspiration for several women musicians of her era, the manner in which her guru Paluskar ji and father Shri Govinda Vitthal Bhave would instruct her to take inspiration from the diva Gauhar and her style of singing.

Smt Nandini Alva commended the author's research and how it almost took her back in time to Allahabad and Banaras and other places close to he heart. She also spoke about the challenges that women artistes face and how it was to the credit of someone like Gauhar and her mother Badi Malka Jaan to overcome these shortcomings and emerge successful.

There was a pleasant surprise when Dr Shyamala Bhave regaled the audience with some lovely pieces that she sang in severa ragas and also demonstrated how Gauhar managed to present a concise Khayal in 3 mins-a clip of which was also played. The highlight of the evening was a spirited reading of selected excerpts from the book by theatre personalities Ashish Sen and Munira Sen.

My Name is Gauhar Jaan!

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