She Sang for India
How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice for Change
Author: Suma Subramaniam; illustrated by Shreya Gupta
A picture book biography about M.S. Subbulakshmi, a powerful Indian singer who advocated for justice and peace through song.
Before M.S. Subbulakshmi was a famous Carnatic singer and the first Indian woman to perform at the United Nations, she was a young girl with a prodigious voice.
But Subbulakshmi was not free to sing everywhere. In early 1900s India, girls were not allowed to perform for the public. So Subbulakshmi busted barriers to sing at small festivals. Eventually, she broke tradition to record her first album. She did not stop here. At Gandhi's request, Subbulakshmi sang for India’s freedom. Her fascinating odyssey stretched across borders, and soon she was no longer just a young prodigy. She was a woman who changed the world.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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2023 New York Public Library Vibrant Voices Book
"This true story will fascinate and charm children who will wonder that the simple act of a girl singing is not permitted. The author does not gloss over the hardships...A wonderful biography for every collection." –School Library Journal
"A lyrical commemoration of the power and legacy of a renowned South Indian activist and performer."