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Begum Akhtar

Queen of Ghazals

Begum Akhtar, originally Akhtaribai Faizabadi, was born at Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh on 7th October, 1914. Besides being the most renowned Ghazal exponent, she was a well-known Thumri and Dadra singer too. Renowned musicians such as Ustad Imdad Khan, Ata Mohammed Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan and Ustad Jhande Khan were her teachers. At the age of 15, she made her debut at a public performance. She lived most of her life in Lucknow. For her immense contributions, she was honored with prestigious awards such as Padmashree and the Sangeet Natak Akademi award. Begum Akhtar died in 1974.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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