Ravi Shankar: A graphic salute to the maestro!

By HT

New Delhi, April 10 -- An autobiography of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar in the form of a graphic novel may seem like trivialising a rather serious topic, but Yours in Music, which has text written by the iconic musician himself, is a great mix of fun and facts.

The 100-page book has exquisite graphics by well-known cartoonist Neelabh, and is interspersed with some rare photographs from Shankar's life. The story starts in 1928 in Benaras where a young Shankar is growing up with his siblings. Through the pages, Shankar reveals several lesser-known facts from his growing up years, like the instance of his father leaving them even before he was born, among other things. In a easy-to-read way, the book traces the journey of the maestro from being a dancer in his brother Uday Shankar's troupe, to his strict training und