“It is 1974 and friends aniket, Nazrul and Lopa, all very gifted North Indian classical singers trained at the Marris School of Music in Lucknow, have no inkling that in a couple of decades, they’ll be going through bittersweet reunion in Ithaca, New York of all places.
Aniket and his friends, leading a relatively contented, musical life, come of age at the Sursagar School of Music in Calcutta when a music conference precipitates a series of dramatic events, which transform their lives in ways none of them could have anticipated.
Much like the peaks and troughs of a ‘khayal’ or composition, “”THE WHISPERED RAGA”” tells its story in four parts: beginning with the ‘alaap’, which sets into motion their journey, the ‘majh’ follows, setting the stage for the impending drama. This triggers a series of flashbacks in Aniket’s mind just like the ‘asthayi’ that lays the foundation of a ‘khayal’. As the various crises come to head at a second music conference, the stage is set for the final crescendo or ‘tarana’.”
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“Sudipto Roy Choudhury holds a BTech in engineering from IIT Kanpur and a PhD in mathematical physics from Cornell University, as well as a certificate on screen and novel writing from the Hollywood Screenwriters’ Guild.
His published literary work includes the novel ‘I Shall Come Out as a Tremendous Comet’ (Rupa, 2009) and two volumes of translated short stories – ‘The Arabian Nights of Kolkata and Other Stories’ (Calcutta Writers’ Workshop, 2002) and ‘Prometheus: Unbound: Short Stories of Samaresh Basu’ (Rupa, 2006). He also has 97 published research articles in top journals in mathematical physics and was founding Chair of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Activity Group on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures. He teaches at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, USA and can be reached at email@example.com. He has also written miscellaneous columns on film in ‘The Hindu’ (Madras) and ‘The Statesman’ (Calcutta), and articles in ‘World Literature Today’, ‘Asian Affairs’ et cetera. Among them was a monthly column on European art film which ran in ‘The Statesman’ from 1992 to 1998.”
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