Begum Akhtar, originally Akhtaribai Faizabadi, was born at Faizabad
in Uttar Pradesh
on 7th October, 1914. Besides being the most renowned
exponent, she was a well-known Thumri
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.