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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Gangubai Hangal interview

Interview in Frontline.

Gangubai once told film-maker Vijaya Mulay, in the initial years of television: "If a male musician is a Muslim, he becomes an Ustad. If he is a Hindu, he becomes a Pandit. But women like Kesarbai and Mogubai just remain Bais." I expected Gangubai to belt out feminist discourses: on the cruelty of the Devadasi tradition into which she was born, the brutality of the caste system, a decadent society, the struggles of a woman who has to straddle more than one world, the discriminating world of music which sets different standards for man and woman, and more. But she is not to take any of those confrontational stances. [..]

Inspiring story. Read the full thing.


Blogger Pareshaan said...

Great article boss, I had no idea Gangubai Hangal was still alive! I saw and heard her in Delhi like a decade ago, and even then one could not help remarking on the strength of her robust voice and the acient frailty of her body . In fact I still refer to Christina Aguelira as the Gangubai of American Pop. Lets see how long she can manage to survive.
Grand, truly grand. Thanks

11:15 PM  
Blogger Sriram said...

MS like Gangubai also was born into a devadasi family.. rebelled to that extent she needed.. I guess their protests were very practical and functional, possibly because they were clear that their cause was music. That was possibly what kept them going. Imagine M S or Gangubai taking up women's causes and fighting and also incidentally singing!! Difficult to imagine. There is an amazing biography of MS which I have reviewed..

12:36 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Thanks, Pareshan and Sriram.

Sriram - lovely blog!

7:57 AM  

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