Tirumughal Begum is an award-winning Malayalam novel of Lathalakshmi. The novel which portrays the struggles of a talented woman musician, the imbalance of her personal and professional life, has been translated to English by Prof. Laila Alex.
The novel is about Sayanora Begum or Adrikanya who is the daughter of the legendary musician, Ustad Akbar Ali Khan. Adri who was immensely talented found her solace and life in music. But her father was not ready to proclaim her his heir, citing the tragic life his eldest daughter had to face due to music. But Adri found her voice in music. The author presents her relationship with Mahadev, her husband in a raw layout. It talks about the sacrifices two artists have to make in their relationship. There is patriarchy, ego and the need for freedom in play.
Lathalakshmi runs one closely through the nuances of Hindustani music and the bold choices one has to make to pursue art the way they want.