Top critical review
16 April 2019
I won't say this book qualifies to be a biography of the Sitar maestro. Well written and littered with several anecdotes and incidents from his life, it does provide glimpses into several aspects of both his personal life and his times as a musician. Where it scores well, is in bringing out the burning passion that drove Vilayat Khan and his contemporaries. Vilayat Khan lived in an age which can be called the high noon of Indian classical music, when the stage was studded with legends like Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Bismillah Khan and more. The book narrates well Vilayat Khan's flamboyant personality and temperament, the rivalry with Ravi Shankar and also goes to show that reaching the peaks of creative genius brings fame and wealth but often taking toll on personal life and relations.
This book is an interesting read if you are an avid fan of Vilayat Khan, otherwise you may be left feeling like reading about yet another celebrity life.