Music Journalism Grounded in History and Philosophy
Naresh Kumar
SHASTRIYA SANGEET, MEDIA AUR HINDI PATRAKARITA by By Kuldeep Kumar Academic Publication, , 217 pp., INR 1295.00
July 2024, volume 48, No 7

In an era characterized by the dominance of speed, sensationalism, and novelty in both print and electronic journalism throughout India, Kuldeep Kumar emerges as a distinct anomaly. Preferring to wield his pen in the service of addressing weighty social and cultural issues, Kumar stands among the minority of journalists committed to this endeavour. For nearly five decades, he has steadfastly contributed columns on music to both Hindi and English dailies, exhibiting a rare ability to render complex musical subjects accessible to a broad readership devoid of specialized jargon. The present volume compiles a selection of his articles spanning from the late 1970s to the present day, encompassing diverse topics such as music, art, literature, media and cinema. Professor Sudha Singh has written the Foreword to this volume wherein she talks of the shrinking space for cultural journalism in Hindi dailies and necessary skills that a cultural journalist should be equipped with.

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