Part One: Two Journeys through the History of Hindustani Music

Saba Dewan and Namita Devidayal are the authors of Tawaifnama and The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan respectively. While the former is a multi-generational chronicle of one family of well known tawaifs with roots in Banaras and Bhabua, the latter tells the story of the sitar maestro Vilayat Khan. In this conversation organised at the May Day Bookstore, the authors of the two books talk to Ashwini Deshpande, who teaches at Ashoka University, about the making of the books, the complex lives their protagonists lead, how these complexities are perceived and more.


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Sadabahar, the Tawaif
“He may have been an ustad, but he never stopped being a student.”