Gangubai Hangal

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Gangubai Hangal

Born:5 March 1913

Died:21 July 2009

  • She was an Indian singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music, who was known for her deep and powerful voice.
  • She belonged to the Kirana gharana.
  • She performed all over India and for All India Radio stations until 1945.
  • She had initially performed light classical genres, including bhajan and thumri, but concentrated on khyal.
  • Later, however, she refused to sing light classical, saying she sang only ragas.
  • She served as honorary music professor of the Karnataka University.
  • She gave her last concert in March 2006 to mark her 75th career year.
  • She received Padma Bhushan (1971),Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1973),Padma Vibhushan (2002) and many more.

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