Serendipity Delhi, a unique Concept Store dedicated to promoting Art, Music, Culture and Design is organizing a special Book Reading evening with William Dalrymple on his latest release Return of a King on March 28. Adding a Musical note to the evening will be a performance of Thumri-Dadra and Ghazal by noted classical singer Vidya Rao. The event is a Fund Raiser to benefit All Creatures Great and Small (ACGS), a non-profit organization that provides shelter for animals in distress.
Hosted at Serendipity’s beautifully restored Haveli, meet the author and other book and classical music lovers, and enjoy the ambience of Serendipity’s lovely terrace.
William Dalrymple is a bestselling author whose books include In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and Nine Lives. He has won the Premio Hemingway Prize 2015 for Return of a King.
He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix d’Astrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone/Crossword Award for non-fiction and has, prior to the shortlisting of Return of a King, been longlisted three times for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.
Vidya Rao is a leading performer of thumri-dadra and ghazal. The disciple of the legendary singer, the late Vidushi Naina Devi, she has performed at national and international forums, has lectured and conducted workshops and lecture-demonstrations, and has composed and sung for theatre, film and dance.