Can someone find the divine in a Carnatic Kriti and a Western Symphony at once? Can one revere ancient knowledge while being fully aware of its limitations? Can a mind steeped in Advaita Vedanta seek Spinozist counterpoints? Can one's spirit be contemporary and classical at the same time?
His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar's life beautifully negotiated such paradoxes and impossibilities. Philosophy, wildlife conservation, philately, photography, music, statesmanship--all converged in his consciousness like perfectly fitting pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle. Life spoke to him in beautiful metaphors, understood by few. It is not very often that the man emerges from the shadows of his crown. That is precisely why his story has to be told.
About the Author
DR DEEPTI NAVARATNA is a musician-neuroscientist whose interests span the arts, science and history. She is a Chevening Clore Fellow (2021–22) and is recognized as one of the most dynamic cultural leaders across the globe. She is the first Indian woman to have performed at the Parliament of World Religions in 2021. Until recently, she served as the Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.