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Tirumughal Begum: The Queen of Music

 
Laila Alex (Translator) Lathalakshmi . (Author)
Synopsis

Tirumughal Begum: The Queen of Music by Lathalakshmi is a profoundly lyrical and insightful novel on art, life and relationships. Adrikanya, the protagonist whose passion for music helps her overcome every obstacle to her study of music including her musician-father's initial objection, passes through the different seasons of love, jealousy, loneliness and renunciation. When the musician Mahadev who falls in love with her and marries her proves unfaithful with many of his admirers turning into his ephemeral partners in love and he himself grows jealous of his wife's superior talent, she leaves him and after a period of intense solitude weds another man who loves and cares for her. But when he too dies, she decides to give up music altogether except for teaching some talented young musicians and leads an austere life of renunciation and solitude. While Hindustani music seems being played all along in the background of the narrative, this beautiful novel is more about love, desire, faith, jealousy, relationships, dedication, commitment and spiritual solitude. A deeply suggestive and poetic masterpiece from a highly talented fiction writer of the middle generation in Malayalam.

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About the author

Lathalakshmi .

Born on August 10, 1977 at Thrippunithura, Kerala, Lathalakshmi did her postgraduation in Malayalam at MG University. Many of her stories have been translated into other languages. She represented Malayalam at writers' meets organised by the Sahitya Akademi in Delhi, Guwahati and Hyderabad besides presenting stories on platforms in Kerala and outside. Tirumugal Begum is Lathalakshmi's first novel. She has published four collections of short stories such as Silica, Toolikanamam Radha (Penname: Radha), etc. and the fifth one, Chemparaiti (Hibiscus) is in print. Lathalakshmi composed a monograph on Hydcrali, the famed Kathakali singer for the Kerala Institute of languages. Her short story collection, Silica won the V.T. Memorial Trust Award (2012) Ankanam Award (2013) and Special Jury Prize by Kathapeetham. She has also won the Ashan Literary Prize, the Vailoppilly Centenary Award, the Kedamangalam Sadanandan Literary Award and the State Award of Teachers' Art and Literary Association of Kerala. Recognised for her lyrical style and originality of expression, Lathalakshmi has been teaching at BharatiyaVidya Bhavan for the last 19 years. 

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Bibliographic information

Title Tirumughal Begum: The Queen of Music
Author Lathalakshmi .
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.11.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Authorspress
Language: English
isbn 9789389110838
length 158p.