Akhtari Bai Faizabadi

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Akhtari Bai Faizabadi

Born: 7 October 1914

Died: 30 October 1974

  • She was an Indian film actress-singer of Ghazal, Dadra, and Thumri genres of Hindustani classical music.
  • She received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music, and was awarded Padma Shri and later, Padma Bhushan, posthumously by Govt. of India.
  • She was given the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals).
  • Her first public performance was at the age of fifteen.
  • The famous poet Sarojini Naidu appreciated her singing during a concert that was organized in the aid of victims of the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.
  • This encouraged her to continue singing ghazals with more enthusiasm.
  • She cut her first disc for the Megaphone Record Company, at that time.
  • A number of gramophone records were released carrying her ghazals, dadras, thumris, etc.
  • She was amongst the early female singers to give a public concert, and break away from singing in mehfils or private gatherings, and in time came to be known as Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazal).
  • Her voice matured with time, acquiring richness and depth.
  • She sang ghazals and other light classical pieces, in her inimitable style. She has nearly four hundred songs to her credit.
  • She was a regular performer on All India Radio.
  • She usually composed her own ghazals and most of her compositions were Raag based.
  • She sang the timeless Bengali classical song “Jochona Koreche Aari” (জোছনা করেছে আড়ি).

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