William Dalrymple and Katherine Schofield on a remarkable story of music in 18th-century India
Renowned as the first Indian courtesan to write a divan of Urdu poetry, Mahlaqa Bai was equally famous for her affairs with powerful men at the Nizam of Hyderabad’s court. Obscured by her luminescence today, however, is the man behind The Moon, her master-teacher Khushhal Khan ‘Anup’, ‘The Incomparable’. As celebrated and as central to Hyderabad’s courtly culture as she was at the time, Khushhal Khan left behind an enormous corpus of songs, several musical treatises, and an illustrated ragamala that tell us a great deal about musical life and lives in Nizami Hyderabad c.1780–1820.
Join writer William Dalrymple and music historian Katherine Schofield as we discuss the lives and works of these two remarkable characters.
Image: The musical mode Ragini Lalita from a ragamala set, c.1760s, Hyderabad. From Johnson Album 37 no. 8 and part of the British Library permanent collection. Purchased by Richard Johnson when Resident of Hyderabad in the 1780s.
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