Book design for the biography of a music luminary.

Voices from the Inner Courtyard is biography of the lyricist and composer Leela Somani written by Dr. Nita Mukherjee. The book moves through the inner life of a Marwari family steeped in music, and is as much a life-story as it is an account of Rajasthani folk music.

Echoing the seven notes of Hindustani classical music, the book was divided into seven chapters. We developed Devanagiri typographical symbols for each of the notes and played with their play and pattern throughout.

The design also took inspiration from the traditional colours, motifs and photographs of Rajasthan. We worked closely with the author and the Somani family to collate the archival material into the design of the book.