Singing Emptiness

Kumar Gandharva Performs the Poetry of Kabir

Linda Hess

Out of Print


6 x 9 inches, 166pp, 1 Music CD. August 2009

ISBN : 9781905422838 & 9781905422845

Rs  495.00 (HB)     395.00 (PB)
$99.95 (HB)     29.95 (PB)
£50.00 (HB)     16.99 (PB)


Here, two men, 5 centuries apart, make contact with each other in the realms of poetry, music and performance. Kumar Gandharva, the great twentieth-century Hindustani classical vocalist, sings Kabir, the great fifteenth-century poet of inner and outer experience. This volume includes a substantial introductory essay, bilingual texts of 30 songs, a CD with selected songs by Kumar Gandharva and contributions by two renowned Indian writers, U. R. Ananthamurthy and Ashok Vajpeyi. 

Linda Hess teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University and is co-director of Stanford’s Center for South Asia. Her previous work on North Indian bhakti poetry and performance includes The Bijak of Kabir (2002) and numerous articles on Kabir, Tulsidas and Ramlila performance.


Theatre And Performance Studies
Culture Studies