by Yatindra Mishra (Author)
Paperback and Hardcover
Honoured with the 64th National film Awards for best writing on cinema, Lata: Sur Gatha has been arguably the most detailed endevour dedicated to ck explore the musical journey of the legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar. What adds to the scope of the book is that it explores the history of the Indian Film Music and the various impacts that shaped it into its present form , against the backdrop of the career of Lata Mangeshkar.
The book is divided in three sections; the first are independent notes by the author encompassing the totality of hindi film cinmea, the second part is based on the nearly seven years long interview with Lata Ji and the third section has lists of Lata ji's songs selected and compiled by the author.
The notes are informative and have a literary beauty. From Shankar Jaikishan to A.R Rahman , from Surraiya to Sunidhi Chauhan and these notes trace the evolution of Lata Mangeshkar along with the changing Indian film Music industry.
The interview is very detailed and seeks to know all the aspects of the singer's personality. The questions ranging from music, early life, struggle and family, colleagues , films to spirituality, literature, culinary choices and the seemingly insignificant mundane details of life; attempt to know Lata Mangeshkar apart from her cinematic aura and as an intellectual artist dedicated to her craft.
The third section has lists of songs compiled by the author in various combinations of the creative collaborations with different artists.
'Lata:Sur Gatha ' would enjoyable for any music and cinema aficionado.