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Begum Akhtar Ghazals and Dadras

Begum Akhtar was a name to be conjured with for nearly two decades beginning from early thirties. Her performances of Ghazals and Drdaras on Gramaphone records were being hummed throughout North India including what is now West Pakistan. Her Ghazal-singing, with delicate inflections in the higher parts, had an exciting quality of its own which held audiences spell-bound and which very few artistes, if any, have since been able to reproduce. Her exposition of Dadras and Thumris were in pure Lucknow tradition - a tradition that dates back to the Courts of the Nawabs of Oudh of eigteenth and early nineteenth century.

From the cover jacket of a Long Play Record (ECLP 2444) brought out in the early seventees by The Gramaphone Company of India Limited.

Begum Akhtar came from Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and studied with "eminent maestros like Ustads Vaheed Khan and Ata Khan of Patiala" according to the skimpy sleeve notes of a 1969 LP for EMI India. She was one of the finest and most spellbinding exponents of ghazal, but extremely under-represented in available recordings.

— Ken Hunt, All Music Guide


Visit the following Site, to read more about this legend of Indian Ghazal singing:

http://www.kamat.com

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