The music books room
Classical singer Anuradha Kuber, who wanted to use her time productively during the lockdown, conceptualized the
Kuber held annual music concerts in memory of her grandfather, but she was unable this year due to the pandemic. “The project was launched on June 24 to mark the 109th birthday of my grandfather SG Shende, who was a freedom fighter, and the centenary of the birth of my grandmother, Sau Malati Shende. Since then, we have been organizing weekly book readings, ”explains the singer, trained with Pandit TD Janorikar and Dr Arwind Thatte. Janorikar was one of the main supporters of Bhendibazaar gharana. Yashashri Joshi, a classical music student, was one of the first volunteers to read chapters from Saat Swarashree when the project was launched. “I think the Music Book Club is a great platform to reach book lovers who otherwise wouldn’t have access to such titles,” says Joshi.
Reading Saat Swarashree has been a rewarding experience for her. “I realized how difficult it was for the early classical musicians to access the learning materials that we take for granted today,” she adds. Kuber reads biographies and autobiographies from the first season. That is why she chose Saat Swarashree in which Bhobe wrote sketches of the lives of prominent classical singers of her time. The reading of Bhobe’s book was followed by another classic,
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Kuber is delighted that many musicians and non-musicians are interested in the project. So far, there has been no shortage of volunteers. Harmonium player Sumitra Kshirsagar is a staunch supporter and member of the club. “The concept has certainly received a warm welcome. We even had popular TV actor Sumeet Raghvan volunteering for us, ”shares Kshirsagar, who is delighted that classical music literature is made available to the general public. “I hope the readings will pique readers’ curiosity to learn more about the books,” he says. Kshirsagar designed the book club poster. He takes care of the technical aspects of club management.
The singer avoids presenting any comments on the books during a reading. “The goal of this series is to offer readers new and original content,” she says. She also reads a disclaimer before each presentation, stating: “The information, views, opinions and thoughts expressed in the readings are those of the respective authors. We, the producer and the reader, do not claim their allegiance in any way. The content and references should be seen taking into account the period in which it was written and not according to the current context. People slowly but surely get used to his sincere efforts to introduce old writings. “They are gradually enjoying our work, but it will take a while for us to reach more people,” she says.
The singer intends to find sponsors to support the activities of the Music Book Club. “Everything we do right now is done on a voluntary basis. However, in the future, I want to pay the person who agrees to do a reading, “she shares. And the project activities will evolve as well. After the first season is over, Kuber wants to present theoretical music books or essays on the music in a few months The singer has a vast collection of books on the subject to perpetuate the project.
It’s a good thing the singer’s friends also have an impressive collection of classical music books to help with her business. Some of the titles that will be read in the future include ending writings