Google Pays Tribute To Legendary Singer Begum Akhtar On Her Birth Anniversary

New Delhi: Google Pays Tribute To Legendary Singer Begum Akhtar On Her 103rd birth anniversary, Akhtari Bai Faizabadi famously known as Begum Akhtar. She was Famous for the her Ghazal, Dadra, and Thumri genres of Hindustani classical music.

Google marked the 103rd birth anniversary of "Mallika-e-Ghazal" Begum Akhtar on Saturday by dedicating a special doodle to her.

Born as Akhtari Bai Faizabadi, the ghazal queen is seen in the doodle sitting gracefully with a sitar with a few admirers around her.

She was born in 1914 in Faizabad in what is now Uttar Pradesh.

Begum Akhtar's genre was, however, not ghazals alone, but also included splendid renderings of Hindustani classical music like Dadra and Thumri.

Akhtar was honoured for her immense contribution to Indian music with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan (posthumously). She was also given the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

Among the few early female singers, Akhtar is considered to have broken away from the concept of singing in 'mehfils' or private gatherings and started performing at public concerts.

Because of her good looks she was lured by many to try her hands at films but music always remained her first priority. However, she did act in few films in 1930s and so on. In total she acted 9 films that included 1942 hit Roti and Satyajeet Ray’s Jalsaghar.

During a concert in Ahmedabad she raised her voice to get her groove back but that further deteriorated her condition. She was rushed to the hospital where she breathed her last on October 30, 1974. It is said that she died in the arms of her friend Nilam Gamadia, who had invited her to perform in Ahmedabad in the first place.

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