Dr. Prabha Atre

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Dr. Prabha Atre

Born: 13 September 1932

  • She is an Indian classical vocalist from the Kirana Gharana.
  • She holds the world record to have released 11 books (from a single-stage).
  • She released 11 books on music in Hindi and English at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 18 April 2016.
  • Her music training was in the Guru-shishya tradition.
  • She learnt classical music from Sureshbabu Mane and Hirabai Badodekar from the Kirana Gharana.
  • She acknowledges the influence of two other greats, Amir Khan for khyal and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan for thumri, on her gayaki.
  • While studying music, she finished college courses in science and law to receive degrees in both of those disciplines.
  • She later also earned a PhD in music.
  • Her doctoral thesis was titled Sargam and pertained to the use of sol-fa notes (Sargam) in Indian classical music.
  • The Government of India conferred “Padma Shree” in 1990 and “Padma Bhushan” in 2002.

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