Bengaluru , 2nd , September , 2022 : The biography and memoir ” The Maverick Maharaja : The Life and Times of His Highness Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodiyar authored by Dr. Deepti Navaratna on the Late Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar was already unveiled at an gathering including friends and family of the Maharaja and the author Dr. Deepti Navaratna , at Palace Grounds , Bengaluru . The book launch was held in commemoration of the 103 birth anniversary of the Maharaja under the aegis of the Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar Foundation ( M / WF ) . The book was unveiled by Dr. K. Radhakrishnan , Former Chairman , Space Commission , Secretary Department of Space & Chairman , ISRO in the presence of Shri HN Suresh , Director , Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan , Bengaluru ( Guest of Honour ) and the daughters of the Maharaja Maharajakumari Smt . Kamakshi Devi Wadiyar , Founder Trustee , MJWF and Maharajakumari Smt . Indrakshi Devi Wadiyar , Founder Trustee , MJWF amongst other dignitaries . The book launch was followed by an exclusive concert by ” The Mysore Police Carnatic Band ” playing select Kritis of the Maharaja . The late Maharaja was a lover of Carnatic Music and had composed nearly a 100 – outstanding Carnatic kritis even before he turned 30 , The Maharaja’s personal life was nothing short of an operatic plot . Born after World War I in 1919 in Mysore , which was ravaged by multiple famines , and thrust onto the throne in 1940 , on the anvil of World War II , his tenure was indeed in very testing times . In the truest sense of the Indian concept of the Avadhuta , he navigated the many transformations of power from Monarch to Rajapramukh to Governor of Mysore with a song in his heart and the piety of a saint . The book uses his creative expressions : music , text , prose and writings to narrate in rich technicolour , the paradoxical portrait of a man who embodied the wisdom of East and sensibilities of the West with great equanimity . The book captures a life of great paradoxes and passion , of great pomp and predicaments , of legacies and litigations the opera of dreams and duty as he sat unchallenged on the throne of melody . ” I have taken a know – the – man – through – his – muse approach to unravelling the multifaceted genius of JOW , ” says the author Dr. Deepti Navaratna , who is also a musician and a neuroscientist . ” My book is a narrative of his life and times , especially his writings , his musical innovations , his philanthropical initiatives , his administrative acumen amongst other facets of his life . Through photographs and historical events , the 320 – page book showcases the multi – faceted personality that the Maharaja was , ” adds Deepti ,
The Maharaja brandished a Mysore brand like none else . Contrary to colonial narratives of the Indian Maharaja being a powerless puppet smothered by the shimmerless aura of his reckless vanity , the kings of Wadiyar dynasty were scholars , musicians , composers and philosophers with great global clout and presence . Sharing some excerpts from the book where the author recalls what the late Maharaja’s daughter , Kamakshi Devi said about her father — ” I would best describe him as an ordinary – seeming man with extraordinary abilities ” quipped Kamakshi Devi . The very first adjective that Maharajakumari Kamakshi Devi used to describe her father was ‘ kind ‘ . She added : compassionate and giving . More allegories and synonyms of the word followed . Maharajakumari Indrakshi Devi adds : ” The values he lived with , his kindness , altruism , empathy for others , although sublime and often overlooked as passive traits , have powered his personal successes . Summary of The Maverick Maharaja enclosed as a separate annexure . The book is published by Harper Collins and is available at all major book stores across the country and e – commerce sites .
More details on the book at http://www.deeptinavaratna.net
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