An unpredictable music composer who defied the conventions of his time, a trendsetter who introduced a fusion of Western rock and jazz with Indian classical music – R. D. Burmans life and career make him one of the most important and versatile artists to dominate the Indian film music scene from the 1960s to the ’80s. Whether the film itself was a blockbuster or a flop, his music always stood out – from the peppy Dum maro dum and the evergreen Chand mera dil to the soulful Tum gaye ho, nur gaya hai and Tujhse naraz nahin zindagi. It is said that some films became hits on the strength of his songs alone! But while he was hailed as the reigning prince by all when he created one chartbuster after another, towards the end of his career he was labelled luckless and subjected to indignities when his films started failing. In R.D. Burman: The Prince of Music, Khagesh Dev Burman fondly remembers this exceptional talent with an eccentric streak, who still inspires universal awe, admiration and nostalgia. Replete with several personal moments from the maestros life, this book not only discusses his career in loving detail, but also throws light on his relationships with many other artistes of his generation-his legendary camaraderie with Kishore Kumar and his defiant involvement with Asha Bhosle and most significantly, the strained yet respectful bond that he shared with his father, S. D. Burman. With a chronological analysis of most of his important works, R. D. Burman: The Prince of Music is a collectors edition that should adorn the shelf of every music lover. Key Selling Points : Detailed analysis of R.D.s biggest hits as well many lesser known gems from his career Narrates several personal incidents from R.D.s life which are little-known and often disclose his passion for music and inimitable sense of humour Throws light on his relationships with many legendary artistes of his generation, including music greats like Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle and his own father S. D. Burman Goes beyond his Bollywood image and examines his endeavours in regional as well as international music.About the Author Khagesh Dev Burman hails from the royal family of Tripura and shares the same heritage as S. D. Burman. Born on 14 December 1940 in Agartala, Tripura, he was brought up in an environment conducive to art and literature. K. D. Burman is the editor of Prantik – the first ever collection of poems from Tripura – published in the year 1962. He has been awarded the Sachin Samman by the government of Tripura for his book Sachin Kartar Ganer Bhuban (The Bengali original of S. D. Burman – The world of his music). Other books authored by him are – Rajnandini, Aayanaye Nijer Mukh, Nasta Samay, Tripuraye Annaya Rabindranath, Santan, Sandhey Belar Pratham Dupur and Chandra Prahar. His works have been highly acclaimed by literary critics.
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Written by John Zubrzycki, The Last Nizam: The Rise And Fall Of India’s Greatest Princely State is a book describing the legend of Mukarram Jah, and the story of him leaving the affluent life in India behind, to ride bulldozers in the distant parts of Australia. Summary Of The Book During the author’s stay in India, he had researched the story of Mukarram Jah, Hyderabad’s last Nizam and the heir to the throne. He moved to the Australian outback, and began running a sheep station after moving out of his palace. The author decided to explore this link between Australia and India, while he juggled moving between Delhi and Hyderabad. The Last Nizam: The Rise And Fall Of India’s Greatest Princely State describes the history of one among the many opulent royal dynasties in India. It narrates the saga of an incredible dynasty, the Nizams of Hyderabad. The factors that led to the heir of this remarkable kingdom to leave it all behind and head to the grimy pastures of a remote place in Australia are listed in the book. The ascent of the Nizams to gain incredible wealth and the significance of this period is described in detail in The Last Nizam: The Rise And Fall Of India’s Greatest Princely State. The story of their prosperous rule under the Indian Mughal emperors is described vividly. It gives a vibrant picture about the realm that was soaked with the blood from a large number of wars and conspiracies. Written by John Zubrzycki, The Last Nizam: The Rise And Fall Of India’s Greatest Princely State describes Mukarram Jah’s life, which was comical, and at times tragic as well. He has been called His Exalted Highness, the Aristotle of the Times, Asaf Jah VIII, the Regulator of the Realm, the Victor in Battles, the Rustam of the Age, Nawab Mir Barakat Ali Khan Bahadur, the Last Nizam, and many other names. The book also talks about other Nizams like Osman Ali Khan, the Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad. The author tells the tale of the last Nizam who left the Golconda diamonds and Hyderabad palaces behind, to lead a simple life in the outbacks of Australia. This book is a detailed work and contributes to Indian history. It exuberantly captures the fragrance of wine, wealth and women, which perpetually kept the royals in the news. About John Zubrzycki John Zubrzycki is a journalist. He has been associated with India for about 25 years and has been a Hindi student, a consultant, a foreign correspondent and a diplomat. He has authored one other book called The Mysterious Mr. Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy. Based in Sydney, Australia, John Zubrzycki works for The Australian newspaper as the world commentary editor. His work as a journalist has bagged him many awards.
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