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Song Sung True: A Memoir

Malka Pukhraj (Author)
Synopsis One of the grand 'singing ladies' who began their lives in the first quarter of the twentieth century, Malka Pukhraj was educated in Urdu, Persian, music and dance. These latter two became her life and she began her career as a court singer in the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, going on to become an independent performer, whose voice and words are now familiar to millions in the subcontinent. In this remarkable, witty and candid account, Malka Pukhraj recalls her rich and eventful life. 'My birth' she begins, 'was nothing short of a miracle'. Then, in her simple and inimitable style, she takes us through her childhood as a court singer, her absorption in her music, and her bewilderment and then gradual understanding of the intrigues of court life. From singing and dancing, to acting, from childhood to adolescence and romance, and finally to marriage and family, the author brings the reader close to her sorrows and joys, her dilemmas and concerns, and ends with a moving and poignant account of the acceptance of old age, and all that it brings with it.
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About the author

Malka Pukhraj

Saleem Kidwai is a historian who taught at Delhi University.  He is co-editor, with Ruth Vanita, of Same Sex Love in India: Readings from Indian Literature and History (2000).

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Title Song Sung True: A Memoir
Author Malka Pukhraj
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 4th ed.
Publisher Kali for Women
Language: English
isbn 818901319X
length x+377p., B/w Plates; Glossary; 23cm.