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

Events

Launch at Delhi - 8th April 2010

#6, Maulana Azad Road—the official residence of the Vice President of India with its sprawling lawns and amazing architecture formed the perfect backdrop for the launch of a book on the life of a legendary musician who regaled audiences in similar aristocratic settings in her heyday.

Vikram Sampath’s second book ‘My name is Gauhar Jaan!—The Life and Times of a Musician’ was launched in New Delhi by the Vice President of India Shri Hamid Ansari, along with veteran Parliamentarian, former Union Minister and scholar Shri Vasant Sathe, on 8th April 2010.

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President commended the research work of the author and said - “Reading the book has opened a whole new world for me…Unquestionably Gauhar Jaan was a remarkable woman personality...what comes out of the book is the image of a very strong and vibrant personality…I commend Vikram for this fabulous job. I admire his skills as a researcher and his passion for the subject”. Shri Sathe recalled the nostalgic memories of the gramophone era when Gauhar reigned the world of Indian music as an Empress and pitied the sad manner in which women in the performing space were relegated to the bin of history during the anti-nautch campaign.

Introducing the book to the august gathering, author Vikram Sampath narrated the incidents surrounding Gauhar Jaan’s life including the fact that a 100 years before, in a similar Delhi Durbar, one presided by the King of England Emperor George V, Gauhar had had the rare distinction of performing for him.

The event was attended by several luminaries of the city like danseuses Dr Sonal Man Singh and Smt. Pratibha Prahlad; musician Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Dr Kiran Seth and members of SPIC MACAY, Mr. Pran Nevile, Dr. Herbert Traxl, Smt Uma Vasudev and others.

The evening ended with a lively discussion on the lawns of the Vice President House where the attendees recollected the anecdotes surrounding the life of this feisty musician.

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