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Singer Mian Tansen

Tansen: The naughty boy with God gifted singing ability. (Childhood Story of Mian Tansen)

Singer Mian Tansen

Legends narrate that the only child of a singer Mukandan Misra and his wife would flawlessly imitate the calls of birds and animals. The family was living in Behat near Gwalior. Being naughty, the kid Tansen would frequently run away to play in the forest.

In one of his forest adventures, he met with a famous singer Swami Haridas, who was happened to travel through the forest with his disciples. As the singers’ group was tired, they settled down to rest under a shady grove. It was the moment, when Tansen saw them.

Looking to those strangers in the forest, Tansen thought to frighten them by mimicking a tiger roar. As soon as they heard a tiger approaching, terrified disciples scattered to all the directions, except Swami Haridas. Swamiji assured them and ordered to come together once again.

Accidently, one of the disciples could notice a small boy hiding behind a tree. Laughing with disbelief, he said, “Swamiji, the tiger was no other than this mischievous boy.”

It was the very moment, when Swami Haridas could evaluate little Tansen’s talent and so did not punish him. With him, Swamiji went to Tansen’s father and after narrating him the whole incidence requested, “Mukandan, though this litter Tansen is very naughty, God has gifted him with the rarest of the singing ability. I would be fortunate enough to make him a good singer.” Later at the age of 10, Tansen’s training under the apt guidance of Swami Haridas initiated. With Swamiji, he lived for eleven years. He learnt music to be a renowned singer.

Before his death, Tansen’s father Mukandan Misra’s conveyd his dying wish that he should visit a holy man Mohammad Ghaus of Gwalior. Mukandan Misra was his devotee. In his days in Gwalior with Mohammed Ghaus, Tansen would be taken regularly to the court of a great musician Rani Mrignaini. There he met Hussaini, one of the ladies of the court and married her. In the upcoming years, Hussaini also became Swami Haridas’s disciple. The couple had five children who were all very musical.

About Pratik Kashallu

Hey Cassicals , I am Pratik Kashallu and I am steady followers of Indian Classical Music…just like you. I’ve have a passion for collecting antique classical gramophone records and record players. Thousands of antique gramophone records and many record players are available in my collection. With this zeal, I am a Admin of world famous Facebook fan page "Indian Classicl Music Fan Club" which is loaded by more than 289K facebook fans and it's total weekly reach is around 2M


  1. I have many old classical gramophone records. They belonged to my grandfather. I don’t have gramophone player. Would you be interested in adding them to your collection? If yes pleae send a pvt. message through FB to me.

    • Prof. Indrani Chakravarti

      Saumya, please send me your records to be used for the students to listen and learn. You may go to my FB page if interested

  2. Hi Soumya

    Did not find your Facebook page. I am interested in the classical records.

    Many thanks

  3. Sanjoy Bandyopadhyay

    Please send me basic Ragas : Bandish of Indian classics

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