The Music Room

The Music Room  (English, Paperback, Devidayal Namita)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House, India
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9788184000542, 8184000545
    • Pages: 320
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    The Music Room depicts the author’s musical journey, speaking of her experiences with her guru Dhondutai. Devidayal also shares her doubts concerning her own commitment to music, and looks into Dhondutai’s musical background in this memoir.

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    The Music Room weaves together music, history, learning, and teaching. The author, at the age of ten, is taken to a Bombay neighbourhood filled with dance girls and prostitutes. Unwillingly, the young girl enters an overcrowded one-room apartment and meets Dhondutai, one of the city’s most reputed music teachers from the great Jaipur Gharana. Namita begins her first lesson in classical Indian singing, accompanied by an Indian stringed musical instrument called the Tanpura. A student of an Anglican school, she finds it difficult to adjust to a lifestyle that is fundamentally different from her badminton playing and English speaking ways. As years pass by, Namita’s passion for music grows. However, she has doubts about dedicating her whole life to music. With late night outings and cigarettes for company, will music be more important in her life than love and marriage? The Music Room also focuses of the life and history of her guru Dhondutai. Dhondutai was the last living disciple of the legendary Alladiya Khan, and the famous singer Kesarbai Kerkar. The book showcases the life of Dhondutai as well. Filled with history, anecdotes, facts, and gossip, The Music Room brings together the stories of three generations of musical maestros and students.The title won the Outlook Book of 2007, and the Crossword Popular Book Award.

    About Namita Devidayal

    Namita Devidayal is an Indian author and journalist. She is a Princeton University graduate, and is presently associated with The Times of India as a journalist. At one point of time, she had aspired to become a professional singer and be the inheritor of the Jaipur Gharana. Namita has authored Aftertaste, and co-authored, La Stanza Della Musica. She currently resides in Mumbai, and is an ardent fan of the cartoon series, Tom and Jerry.

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    • Namita Devidayal was born in 1968 and graduated from Princeton University. The Music Room,\nwinner of the Vodafone Crossroad Popular Book Award 2007 and named an Outlook book of 2007,\nis her first book. A journalist with The Times of India, she lives in Mumbai.
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    5

    A must read for Every Indian who wants to know about Indian Music and great Hindustani Musicians.

    I loved this book. My friend gave me this book and after reading it, I felt I should own this!! So I bought one for my self.
    This tells something which we don't know about Indian Music. It tells about Indian Musicians. Their life. It tells about Music.

    Do not compare this with any best selling Novel. Read this book just to know about Music. Namita tells everything which an Indian should know about Indian Music(especially Hindustani Music).

    I just thank Namita for such a great book.
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    Srivardhan Hebbar

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    Must for Music Lovers

    this book opened up a whole new world for me to discover... very well written.. takes one through the culture of our classical music and gharanas in an interesting manner without losing the thread anywhere.. it never slips into boredom and educates the reader without telling him or her.
    Pick it up - you wont be disappointed and most probably will open up new doors, new culture - waiting for you to be explored.
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    Yesha

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    Sep, 2012

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    Must buy!

    Great book for music lovers!
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    A decent read but no real insights

    I guess the book is a personal memoir for Namita Devidayal. It offered no real insights into Dhondutai Kulkarni's life or personality.
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    Aruna Panangipally

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    Of melodies and Raagas

    It was quite an experience of embarking upon a musical journey that spanned over mre than two decades, where fate decided to bring two people together who couldnt be an more different. As the relation ship grows with every now and then Tadka from history, you can not help but be mesmerised by the rich culturual music lineage of India. The ragas are still very much ringing in my ear long after i have finished the book. :D
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    Mridul Singh

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    the music room

    A must read for all music lovers. When i read this i was totally carried away to another world with full of music related things.
    I will rate this one of the best books which has come out on music in this century.
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    H. Krishnan

    Nov, 2011

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