"`India's Heritage of Gharana Music: Pandits of Gwalior' is about the history of
the Gwalior gharana. Gwalior's rise to being known as the cultural capital of India owes
it to the patronage that it enjoyed in pre-independence times leading to the blossoming of
two important styles in the music of north India, namely dhrupad and khayal.
Gwalior was the abode of music. There was a saying that even when a child in Gwalior
cries, he cries in sur. The patronage by the two dynasties namely the Tomars and Scindias,
made it possible to reach its pinnacle. This book is about the transition from dhrupad to
khayal style in north Indian classical music and from the Khans to the Pandits.
It is the remarkable journey of how the Pandits of Gwalior imbibed this heritage at a
time when it was unthinkable for Hindus to learn music from Muslim ustads who enjoyed all
creature comforts provided by their patrons. It highlights the selfless guru bhakti,
sadhana for attainment of highest level in any art. It is also about the contribution of
the individual members of the Pandit family of Gwalior to Hindustani music. The book
provides deep insight into the depth of the gayaki of Gwalior and the generosity with
which the art disseminate all over India. Numerous legends, rare ancedotes, folklore,
narratives make it a very interesting reading along with rare pictures from the family
archives interspersed throughout the book."