Google Doodle celebrates Begum Akhtar's 103rd birth anniversary
08 October, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Becky Perry
To mark the 103rd birth anniversary of 'Mallika-e-Ghazal ' Begum Akhtar, Google today dedicated a special doodle to her.
The infamous classical singer and actor Akhtari Bai Faizabadi was born on 7 October 1914 in Bada Darwaza, Budharsa in the city of Lucknow. While she not just ventured into Ghazals alone, her renderings included Hindustani classical music like Dadra and Thumri. She was among the earliest female singers who used to perform at public concerts.
Akhtar was honoured for her enormous contribution to Indian music with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan (posthumously). She was passed on 30th October in 1974 after the brief illness. Akhtar developed a liking for the music at a very tender age and was sent to train under Sarangi exponent Ustad Imdad Khan in Bihar's Patna. She also penned down a biography Begum Akhtar: The Story of My Ammi which was released in 2005. Akhtari was, however, fascinated with music from quite an early age and her mother fortunately made a decision to hone her talent. Among the noteworthy films she acted in were, Raaj Haan's King for a Day (1933), Mumtaz Beghum (1934), Jawaani Ka Nasha (1935), and Satyajit Ray's Jalsaghar (1958). Which is your favourite song by Begum Akhtar, let us know in the comments section below! Yes, long before Jagjeet Singh and Pankaj Udhas, it was Begum Akhtar who was famous for Ghazal singing among Indian masses. She was also crowned with the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal. Music director MAdan Mohan persuaded her to sing in movies like Daana Paani and Ehsaan. She came to be known as Begum Akhtar after she married a barrister from Lucknow, Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbasi. She was also given the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. The additional demand and stress that she put herself under resulted in her falling ill and was rushed to the hospital.
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