Swapan Kumar Bondyopadhyay was born in Burdwan, West Bengal, in 1948. A Rezina Guha Gold medallist from Calcutta University (1968), he has taught English at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal. At present, he heads the department of English at the Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya in Burdwan. He has learnt sitar under Pandit Indranil Bhattacharjee of the Maihar-Senia Gharana. He was also tutored by Annapurna Devi.
He has two books on music, in Bengali, to his credit. He has written for national dailies like The Telegraph and is a regular contributor to the literary magazine Desh. He has also made a documentary on Maihar.
One day, i hope i can learn from her. The one thing that struck me about the book was that sometimes when annapurna devi plays, the tress nearby begin shaking. Music is powers, music is, unfortunately, not what you heard today. What you listen to today and is also found commonly is the excitement, hormones and the changeover noise from teenage to adulthood. So much anger and hate and 'you dont what i've been through' stuff.
Amidst all this, reading this books relaxed me.I felt as if the pur...
Many facts about the legend Annapurna Devi that music lovers would like to know is written in this book.Although the author looses grip on the flow, the magnanimity of Annapoorna devi will keep you interested in the book. I guess the author has also realized the lack of flow and included an addendum with sequence of events in the life of Annapoorna Devi. Such a great person she is, one is extremely blessed to learn from her and one has to be very lucky to learn about her.