Seven Deaths & Four Scrolls

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Author

Anand Thakore

Imprint

Poetrywala

Publication Year

2017

Language

English

Edition

1

Binding

Paperback

Pages

78

ISBN-13 : 9789382749509
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The seven deaths Thakore re-creates include those of an assassin, a Buddhist monk, Holika, and Tansen’s neglected son. Richly allusive and sensuous, these meditations on death and the afterlife are firmly grounded, their metaphysical flights superbly controlled. However high the flights go, ground realities are never lost sight of: a run-down village, a suicide’s ‘Rodolpho Valentino Italian leather shoes”, an aborted train-ride; and nature, often lost in the shadows but always there, a life-restoring presence when brought to light.- Adil Jussawala

Anand Thakore’s new book of verse exemplifies the art of masterly literary conceit, as voices from the world of the dead reach out and speak to us: a Tibetan monk who has committed suicide, a terrorist expressing his last wish before facing execution, a musician on his deathbed recounting some of the most important moments in his life. Thakore writes with amplitude-a near-baroque use of language. He gives each voice time to explore its needs, resulting in long poems that are replete with material. Nowhere does the plot slacken his tempo and there is admirable control over meter. The tension in thought and music carries us effortlessly from page to page. This book is a welcome and wonderful addition to Thakore’s growing body of work.- Gieve Patel

The beat and tenor of Indian classical music is central to Anand Thakore’s poetry in this, his fifth collection of verse. An accomplished Hindustani classical vocalist, Thakore draws on a reservoir of knowledge and practice in the field as he examines both triumph and tragedy in long elegant lines. The poems, though often elegiac in tone, are also a celebration of music and of the bond between guru and disciple. Their high notes transcend both the popular and the mundane and their formal, unrhymed tercets unerringly?strike the right human chord. particularly moving are the confessions of a young Tibetan monk who seeks salvation through death. Thakore has a unique range and choice of subject matter, interweaving craftsmanship with an original subcontinental sense of verbal melody. Like memorable music, this is the kind of poetry that echoes and stays with the reader. ‘Seven Deaths & Four Scrolls’ is a sustained and durable work that summons back poetry the lost art of lyricism.- Manohar Shetty

About the author

Anand Thakore was born in Mumbai in 1971. He spent a part of his childhood in Britain and has lived in India since then.Waking in December 2001, Elephant Bathing 2012 and Mughal Sequence 2012 are his three collections of poetry. A Hindustani classical vocalist, he trained for many years with Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande and has given concerts in various parts of the country. He is the founder of Harbour Line, a publishing collective, and runsKshitij, an interactive forum for musicians. He holds an MA in English literature and is the recipient of a National Scholarship for music, a grant from the Charles Wallace India trust and theSur-Maniaward for excellence in musical performance.

About the author

Anand Thakore was born in Mumbai in 1971. He spent a part of his childhood in Britain and has lived in India since then.Waking in December 2001, Elephant Bathing 2012 and Mughal Sequence 2012 are his three collections of poetry. A Hindustani classical vocalist, he trained for many years with Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande and has given concerts in various parts of the country. He is the founder of Harbour Line, a publishing collective, and runsKshitij, an interactive forum for musicians. He holds an MA in English literature and is the recipient of a National Scholarship for music, a grant from the Charles Wallace India trust and theSur-Maniaward for excellence in musical performance.

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