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Singing Emptiness

Kumar Gandharva Performs the Poetry of Kabir

Now in paperback, the journey of a great Hindustani classical vocalist's search for the voice of emptiness.

Here, two men, five centuries apart, make contact with each other through poetry, music, and performance. Kumar Gandharva, the great twentieth-century Hindustani classical vocalist, sings Kabir, the great fifteenth-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 a substantial introductory essay, bilingual texts of 30 songs, and contributions by two renowned Indian writers, U. R. Ananthamurthy and Ashok Vajpeyi.

166 pages | 1 CD | 6 x 9 | © 2009


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Table of Contents

On Transliteration
Preface: The Story of this Book
Kumar Gandharva
   A Poem by U.R. Ananthamurthy
About the Texts and Translations
About the CD
The Songs
Avsan / ’Passing Away’
   an Essay by Ashok Vajpeyi

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