Jnanpith Award winning Kannada playwright and actor Girish Karnad in The Pioneer, Delhi:
“Music is germane to Indian life. Through Bhakti tradition from the 6th century till the 19th, singing was believed to take you to god, even without classical training. It went to the heart of Indian families. The sufi class also made music central to the Indian tradition personality.
“V.S. Naipaul who has written scathingly about Indian history, seems to have something to say about everything but nothing on music. So he must be tone deaf. This leads to him making a mess of the Muslim contribution as you read his diatribe. But he doesn’t understand music, so what can he speak? Poor fellow. Totally at a loss.”
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