Co-organized with the help of the Center for South Asia at Stanford and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, this evocative evening features readings by author William Dalrymple from his book The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857, accompanied by the North Indian Hindustani vocals of Vidya Shah celebrating the sweet and poignant poetry and ghazals of the Mughal court
Scotland-born William Dalrymple wrote the highly-acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was 22, lived in Delhi for six years since 1989 to research his second book, City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, and won the French Prix DAstrolabe in 2005 for a collection of his writings about India, The Age of Kali. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Asiatic Society, and is the founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival
Vidya Shah began with a training in Carnatic music and has then trained in Khayal Gayaki with Shubha Mudgal and Mujahid Hussain Khan and in Thumri with Shanti Hiranand. A prolific performer and composer, she is director of the performance project Women on Record and a recipient of the Charles Wallace award.