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RASA YATRA: My Journey in Music

RASA YATRA: My Journey in Music
Item Code: IDE879
Author: Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Translated from the Kannada by Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur
Publisher: Lotus Collection, Roli Books
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 8174364064
Pages: 156 (B & W Illus: 12)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
From the Jacket:

The man they called 'the doyen of Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana' - 'the last of the purists', and more. Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur appeared to be born only to sing which he did from the tender age of 10 to the last days of his life at the age of 82. Hailing from Mansur, a hamlet near Dharwad, he trained in two of the leading gharanas - Gwalior and Jaipur - Atrauli. Panditji's gayaki was unique in that he successfully amalgamated the two gharanas and evolved a personal identity of his own.

Behind his gayaki are not just the two systems of the gharanas, but the ideational styles of three of his gurus, Pt. Neelkanthbua Alurmath of Gwalior Gharana. Ustad Manji Khan and Ustad Burji Khan of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. He was a storehouse of apprachalit ragas, which he performed in many of his mehfils, bringing unforgettable joy to scores of listeners who recall his performances even today.

At the entreaty of his many admirers he eventually recorded his journey in music in Kannada in 1980 and called it Rasa Yatra. The book won the Best Book award in Kannada in 1984. Translated into English by his son, Pt. Rajshekhar Mauser in collaboration with his student Dr. Chandrika Kamath, it is the heartwarming story of a man who could truly be called a genius, yet remained simple to the core, considering himself not as one who had achieved something in music but as an ardent 'sadhak' of sur and laya. It is also a unique record of an essential part of the musical history of our country.

About the Author

Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur is the son of Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur and the heir to his rich musical legacy. Following in his father's august footsteps, he has carved a niche for himself in the field of music. Till recently, he was a professor of English at the Karnataka University, Dharwad.


Translator's Noteix
A Prelude to Rasa Yatra1
Days in Mansur5
The World of Theatre11
The Beginning of Music23
Opening of a New Path31
The Second Initiation39
Hold My Hands and Take Me Away, Chennamallikarjuna47
Taleem from Burji Khan Saheb53
Lead Kindly Light57
My Family67
My Experiences with Akashvani75
My Experiences at the Karnataka University81
Honours and Accolades85
Utsave Vyasane Chaiva89
The Great Musicians I Have Heard97
My Mehfils105
Some Thoughts on Music109
The End of My Father's Rasa Yatra115
From My Father's Scrapbook123

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