Born in Miraj, he graduated from Bombay University in History & Economics. He was the disciple of Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar but also learnt from a number of masters such as Mohammad Bashir Khan (of Aligarh), Sindhi Khan Baba, Vajid Hussain Khan (Sahasvan) and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. His stock of compositions was so vast that he was one of the greatest music scholar of the country. In 1925, he founded the school the School of Indian Music which is, up to now, the most well-known institution of Bombay. He taught a number of disciples among which the famous Kumar Gandharva. He was invited to Banaras Hindu University (B.H.U.) to take over the Principalship of the Music College (later renamed Faculty of Performing Arts) after Omkarnath Thakur. His vast field of knowledge and activities - as an educationist, specialist of voice-culture, as Chief-Editor of the Sangeet Kala Vihar publication etc. have earned him many prestigious national awards ad a due recognition. I had the honor to meet him several times and to attend a full one-week lecture-demonstrations of his during which, despite an already advanced age, he was able to sing several hundreds compositions pertaining to the whole hindustani repertoire.
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Born in Lahore (Pakistan), he was the eldest son of Ali Baksh and his three brothers, Barkat Ali, Mubarak Ali and Aman Ali Khan were also known vocalists. Bade Ghulam learnt from his father and ainly from his paternal uncle Kale Khan. While in his teens, he also learnt sarangi to earn a living. Later on, he went to Bombay where he met Sindhi Khan and took further training from him. He was also very close to Professor B.R. Deodhar. He was very generous, emotional and truly moved by the Beauty of Nature. "Bade Ghulam was a sorcerer" (cit. Vamanrao H. Deshpande, in indian musical traditions, Chap.7, p.54) and his voice was truly magic. His tans, his total command on svar and laya, the natural flow of his music allied with a superb imagination and sense of aesthetic, rendered him a unique master. He was equally at ease with all the styles - be it khayal, dhrupad, dhamar or the lighter thumrees, dadras and folk tunes. His knowledge of rags and their compositions was excellent and his renderings of thumrees and dadras has remained unequalled. His son, Munnawar Ali Khan, is an able vocalist. However, he is far from the total mastery of his illustrious God-gifted father. I consider Bade Ghulam Ali as the highest himalayan peak.
Was a disciple of Bhaya Saheb Ganpatrao.
She became famous for her renderings of thumrees, tappas and lighter forms of music.
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A famous Marathi artist, his real name was Narayan Shripad Rajhans or Narayan Rao Rajhans but came to be known as "Bal Gandharva". He studied under the guidance of Bhaskar Buva Bakhale.
Apart from being an excellent singer, he became extremely popular as a stage actor where he acted many female roles. There are several pictures showing him cross-dressed. 78rpm archives.
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Begum Akhtar was the daughter of a judge who was reluctant to see her learning music. Later on, she went to her maternal uncle who was a music lover. She learnt from Ata Mohamad Khan (Patiala gharana) and later, from Vahid Khan (Kirana gharana).
She was the "Queen of Gazals", a well deserved title as she was an extremely sensitive and emotional vocalist. She left us a number of LP records and was conferred many awards and honors. 78rpm archives