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Prabha khaitan Foundation and Atta Galatta presents book launch of John Zubrzycki ‘Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India’

September 28 @ 6:30 pm

Prabha khaitan Foundation and Atta Galatta presents book launch of John Zubrzycki 'Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India'

Prabha khaitan Foundation and Atta Galatta presents book launch of John Zubrzycki ‘Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India’

JOHN ZUBRZYCKI is a Sydney-based author. He has a degree in South Asian history and Hindi from the Australian National University and has worked in India as a foreign correspondent, diplomat and tour guide. His first book, The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback, is a bestseller in India.

Praise:

‘John Zubrzycki has found the most wonderful story … and told it brilliantly. This is – quite literally – a book of marvels’ -William Dalrymple

‘Exceptionally well-crafted and brilliantly told, ‘Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns’ brings alive the most enchanting tales and traditions from the history of Indian magic … a universe of pure, unadulterated delight’ -Shashi Tharoor

‘Amazing, brilliant and incredibly erudite’ -Lee Siegel

‘Enjoyable, authoritative and unexpected … a wonderfully restrained commentary’ -John Keay

Book description:

India’s association with magic goes back thousands of years – from the seals of Mohenjodaro that depicted sorcerers and yogis, to the jugglers, mountebanks and acrobats that dazzled audiences at the courts of Hindu maharajas and Mughal emperors. Tales were told of ropes being thrown up in the air, strong enough for a boy to climb and disappear; of fakirs being buried alive for months and brought back to life; and of sanperas charming deadly cobras with their flutes. In the early nineteenth century, touring Indian magicians mesmerized audiences abroad, prompting generations of Western illusionists to emulate their Eastern peers.

JADOOWALLAHS, JUGGLERS AND JINNS: A MAGICAL HISTORY OF INDIA tells us how Indian magic descended from the domain of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment, and its transformation from the street to the stage culminating with the rise of the great P. C. Sorcar Sr.

Drawing on ancient religious texts, colonial records, newspaper reports, journals and the memoirs, diaries and testimonies of Western and Indian magicians, John Zubrzycki offers us a vibrant narrative on Indian magic from ancient times to the present day.

 

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September 28
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6:30 pm
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Atta Galatta
134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala
Bangalore, 560 095 India
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Phone:
4160 0677 / 96325 10126