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‘Queer notes on Begum Akhtar,’ exploring caste, sexuality and tawaif subcultures in postcolonial India.

“In 1949, when Begum Akhtar sang in a national broadcast of All India Radio (AIR), she was an instant hit. Born in 1914 to a tawaif (courtesan) mother, she (1/6) Image
performed in her first formal concert in 1934 as Akhtari Bai Faizabadi. She sang in elite gatherings, in royal courts, and performed in Bombay films. Her transition from Akhtari Bai into Begum Akhtar began when she married an English-educated barrister from Lucknow – an (2/6) Image
event considered both a scandal and a miracle by wider society. Her husband made only one condition: that she would not perform in public, a condition to which she readily agreed. But five years into the marriage, Begum Akhtar experienced mental health issues and her (3/6) Image
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As a tribute to the नारी शक्ति of the Indian Classical Music, starting a special curated thead of the legendary women musicians.

Note - Names are NOT in any specific order.

#Navratri #Navratri2020 #नवरात्रि
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Padma Bhushan गान-हिरा #HirabaiBarodekar ji (29 May 1905 - 20 Nov 1989), the legendary vocalist/guru of the #Kirana gharana, a daughter of #UstadAbdulKarimKhan & the 1st woman to stage a ticketed concert in India. 🙏… Image

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The legendary Surbahar & Sitar maestro Maa #AnnapurnaDevi ji (16 Apr 1927 - 13 Oct 2018), a daughter & disciple of the legendary musician #BabaAllauddinKhan ji of the Senia Maihar gharana, an outstanding guru of many stalwarts of the #ICM 🙏 Image
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#BegumAkhtar was born on 7th October, 1914 in Faizabad town of Uttar Pradesh. Her name was Akhtaribai Faizabadi though she was much popular as Begum Akhtar. She showed interest in music at a very young age and was sent to train under the great sarangi player, Ustad Imdad Khan.
Later, she learnt classical music from great exponents of this field like Mohammad Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan and Ustad Jhande Khan Saheb.

At 15 she gave her first public performance. People were moved by her voice and she gained instant recognition. Her ghazals even impressed Sarojini Naidu and was appreciated at a concert that was organized for helping victims of Bihar earthquake.
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प्रणाम - रघु राम की नगरी अयोध्या से।

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Journey of #Ayodhya begins with Litti Chokha at Guptaar Ghat #travel #vegetarian #incredibleindia
Sri Ram Paduka at Guptargarhi or Chakrahari Tirth at #Ayodhya #travel #indology
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