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Back Book Title The Music of Nationhood: Dwijendralal Roy of Bengal

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The Music of Nationhood: Dwijendralal Roy of Bengal
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- Sarvani Gooptu
- India
- Primus Books, Delhi
- 9789386552938
- 2018
- xxvi, 294p. ; 23 cm. Bibliography Includes Index.
- 600 gms.
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During his lifetime Dwijendralal Roy (1863-1913) was one of Bengal's best known poet-musician-dramatists, and his lyrical songs and comic poetry which captured the imagination of the people, were used in historical and social dramas and satires of the period. His songs (called Dwijendra-geeti) combined Western music styles with sophisticated lyrics in Bengali and in doing so marked a breakthrough in the Indian music tradition. Dwijendralal skilfully used historical memory in his plays to highlight values that he considered crucial for the creation of an ideal India nation, based on compassion and integrity. His groundbreaking use of humour and satire to highlight the injustices that bedevilled society in late nineteenth-early twentieth century India won him innumerable admirers.

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