Amirbai Karnataki


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Amirbai Karnataki (1906 – 1965), born in Bilagi village, Karnataka was a famous actress and playback singer of the yesteryears. Mahatma Gandhi was an ardent fan of her song vaiṣṇava Jana to tene kahiye. During 1940s, Amirbai became one of the most sought after singers.

This is perhaps the only full-length biography of Amirbai. The uniqueness of the book lies in the fact that it is woven in a non-linear, analytical mode. Her life is constructed thematically placing it in the cultural and political context of the times. The work is backed by an extensive field work and vast reading.

This book can be benefited to academicians, and people who work in theaters and cinemas since it places the life of Amirbai Karnataki in the larger context of the struggle of women artists in the early part of 20th century.

The author Rahamath Tarikere is considered one of the most influential voices in Kannada literature today. Currently, he is a Professor at the Dept. of Kannada Literature Studies, Kannada University, Hampi. He is known for his extensive research and publications in the areas of Language, Literature and culture of Karnataka. He has received number of honors including the Central Sahitya Akademi award.

The translator C S Sarvamangala writes on music regularly. She has interviewed many renowned musicians across the country. She has published short stories and articles in Kannada. Her major translations include stories from Vaddaradhane and a Theatre Histories Project under publication. She is a Sitar player and currently teaches sitar at Deccan International School in Bangalore.


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