RATAN DVI, NOT A DRINK, OR A SNAKE, BUT
A LADt, THRILLS NEW YORK .
Ratan Devi 'is a singer.
Of English birth and a. student and
exponent of folk-songs, she married
Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy of Cey
lon. In, the act Ratan- Devi begins"
playing the tamboura, winch makes
a sort "of unchanging drone more
like the humming of bees or the
twanging of a gigantic jewsharp
than anything else.
And then come the songs. They
have a strange and haunting effect.
They seem filled with the melan-
New York, May 17. New York
the big, bored, blase town has a
new thrilL '
It is 'Ratan Devi.
No, not a new cocktail, cigaret or
choly of the far east
There are shades of soutidhat are
not employed In our songs. At times
the melody rises to a wail; at others
it dies away into aanere whisper or
passion of regret. '
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