Cloth w/CD $99.95 ISBN: 9781905422838 Published August 2009 World sales rights except India
Paper w/CD $39.95 ISBN: 9781905422845 Published August 2009 World sales rights except India

Singing Emptiness

Kumar Gandharva Performs the Poetry of Kabir

Linda Hess

Linda Hess

Distributed for Seagull Books

166 pages | 1 CD | 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Cloth w/CD $99.95 ISBN: 9781905422838 Published August 2009 World sales rights except India
Paper w/CD $39.95 ISBN: 9781905422845 Published August 2009 World sales rights except India
Here, two men, 5 centuries apart, make contact with each other through poetry, music, and performance. Kumar Gandharva, the great 20th Century Hindustani classical vocalist, sings Kabir, the great 15th Century poet. Kabir composed poetry that evoked a space called nirgun or shunya – something without qualities or boundaries, empty - which challenged listeners to know it and to know themselves. Kumar Gandharva, drawn to Kabir and other poets of the nirgun experience, seeks the voice that can actually sing emptiness. Singing Emptiness includes an explanatory introduction, bilingual texts of 30 songs, and a CD with selected songs by Kumar Gandharva.
Contents
On Transliteration
 
Preface: The Story of this Book
 
Kumar Gandharva
   A Poem by U.R. Ananthamurthy
 
Introduction
 
About the Texts and Translations
 
About the CD
 
The Songs
 
Avsan / 'Passing Away'
   an Essay by Ashok Vajpeyi
 
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
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