Bishnu The Dhobi Singer (Marathi)


Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta
Illustrated by Tapas Guha

9788184792133 | PB | pp. 60 | 2019 | Marathi | Pratham Books

This is a captivating,tale of Bishnu, the Dobi singer, who has the fortune of meeting Tansen a legendary singer in the Moghul court.

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Bishnu is passionate about music and attends music performances whenever he can.

Once, during a qawwali session, he eagerly exchanges notes with a peon seated next to him, little realising that he was the legendary singer from Akbar’s court – Miyan Tansen! Impressed by Bishnu’s passion and understanding of music, Tansen invites him to Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, to become his student.

The story whilst narrating the turn of fortune in Bishnu’s life, not only educates the reader on the nuances of classical music and different ragas but also imparts information on Akbar’s court and his ‘Navratnas or nine gems.

Subtly woven through the story is a message to the reader. Follow your dreams, and some day they will come true. The full page colour illustrations are vibrant and detailed, and reminds one of the great Moghul miniatures. The book could be a great supplement reader for schools, to complement studies of the Moghul period.

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Subhadra Sen Gupta
Illustrator: Tapas Guha




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About the Contributors

The author was born in Delhi and holds a master’s degree in history.

She has been writing since college and has worked as a copywriter in many advertising agencies.

She specializes in historical fiction and non-fiction, travel writing, detectives and ghost stories as well as comic strips.

She has published over twenty-five books for children and adults, with Puffin, Rupa, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Pratham, India Book House and Ratna Sagar.

Three of her books—A Clown for Tenali Rama, Jodh Bai and Twelve O’Clock Ghost Stories (Scholastic)—have won the White Raven Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

the illustrator loves illustrating comics and animal stories. His work has appeared extensively in books published by Pratham Books, Puffin, Scholastic, Rupa and Oxford University Press.


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