Google dedicates doodle to Begum Akhtar on her 103rd birth anniversary

Google dedicates doodle to Begum Akhtar on her 103rd birth anniversary

Google dedicates doodle to Begum Akhtar on her 103rd birth anniversary

Google marked the 103rd birth anniversary of "Queen of Ghazals" Begum Akhtar on Saturday by dedicating a vivid portrait to her. A well known singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri genres of Hindustani classical music, Begum was born on October 7, 1914 in Bharat Kund in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh. Begum Akhtar, as she was better to know after her marriage to Lucknow-based barrister Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbasi, was praised by Sarojini Naidu at a concert organized in the aid of the victims of the 1934 Nepal-Bihar natural disaster, and several other prominent persons like the famous writer Satyajit Ray, who even directed a film Jalsaghar with Akhtari in the lead role. And was honoured with several awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi award for vocal music, Padma Shri award and Padmbhushan award for her epic performances. She was rushed to the hospital where she breathed her last on October 30, 1974.

At the age of about seven or eight years, Akhtari started receiving her initial training by the Sarangi maestro Ustad Imdad Khan, who happened to be the Sarangi accompanist of singers like Mallika Janof Agra and Gauhar Jan of Calcutta.

Begun Akhtar in turn imparted her knowledge to numerous talented singers. Thereafter, she went to Kolkata where she trained under Lahore's Abdul Waheed Khan, Mohammad Khan and eventually Ustad Jhande Khan.

She staged her first performance at the age of 15, and was praised by famous Sarojini Naidu for her singing talent. This later got her the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal. Which is your favourite song by Begum Akhtar, let us know in the comments section below!

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Apart from her singing, Akhtar also acted in several films, the most notable being Satyajit Ray's Jalsaghar. At that time she was performing in Ahmedabad, she was not able to sing well because of her bad condition.

# Begum Akhtar was one among the foremost female stage performers and her first music disc was released by the Megaphone Record Company.

She was buried at "Pasanda Bagh" in Thakurganj area of Lucknow.

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