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Tag Archives: Vocal

Tyagaraja : A Saintly Music Composer


Tyagayya or  Tyagaraja  was one of the supreme creative composers of Carnatic music or Indian classical music and extremely significant in the development of the classical music tradition. His original name was Kakarla Tyagabrahmam and was born on 4 May 1767 at Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh to Kakarla Ramabrahma and Sitamma, a Telugu Brahmin couple. He …

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Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande : Musical Heritage

Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande

Vasantrao Deshpande was famous for his Hindustani classical singing as well as his unique presentation of Natya Sangeet. In 1920, Vasantrao was born in Sawlapur (District Amravati, Maharashtra). When he was merely eight years old, a renowned Marathi film producer and director Bhalji Pendharkar recognized his musical aptitude and introduced him in the role of ‘Krishna’ in Hindi …

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Gangubai Hangal: A True Devotee of Khyal

Gangubai Hangal & Bhimsen joshi

Whenever references about Khyal in Indian Classical Music are discussed, the name of legendary singer Gangubai Hangal from the Kirana gharana, is mentioned with great respect for her intense and powerful tone. If the history of Indian Khyal singing is to be written, it would be incomplete without her name. She …

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Girija Devi – Goddess Saraswati’s Servant

Girija Devi

Girija Devi was born on May 8, 1929, in Varanasi, to Ramdeo Rai, a Bhumihar Brahmin zamindar. Her father was the harmonium player and also taught music. She also had starred in the movie Yaad Rahe at the age of nine. Her first guru was Sarju Prasad Mishra (a high-quality singer, but mostly performed as …

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Kesarbai : The Niagara Falls of Indian Classical Music


Kesarbai Kerkar (July 13, 1892 – September 16, 1977) was an Indian classical singer of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana and one of most eminent khyal singers of the 2nd half of the 20th century. She was a very famous singer in upper-class arena. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was very fond of Kesarbai’s singing. Owing to her melodious voice, she was called …

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