Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar

Kavita Das ’96

Dancer, playback singer, film actor, and Hindustani classical singer, Lakshmi Shankar began as a dancer and, after an illness cut short her career, became a playback singer for films, including Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi. But her true artistry lay in Hindustani classical music. In addition to a solo career, she sang on projects with her brother-in-law Ravi Shankar. In Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi ShankarKavita Das ’96 explores the singer’s personal life—her enduring friendship with Ravi Shankar, her marriage, and the death of her daughter Viji. (HarperCollins, 2019)

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