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RTIwala Explains Who was Begum Akhtar & Why Google Doodle?

RTIwala Explains Who was Begum Akhtar & Why Google Doodle?

RTIwala Team will explain everything you should know about Begum Akhtar and Top 5 Unknown Facts about of Begum Akhtar. These sort of Facts and Information may not be available on any website or news app as such! We’ve filtered out all the irrelevant things for our readers and presenting the info in FAQ format.

RTIwala Explains Who was Begum Akhtar & Why Google Doodle?

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Who was Begum Akhtar?

  • Begum Akhtar aka Akhtari Bai Faizabadi was an Indian Classical Singer, Actor, and Lyricist who lived in between 7 Oct 1914- 30 Oct 1974.
  • She born and brought up in Uttar Pradesh, and spent her childhood in Faizabad and most of life in Lucknow.
  • Begum Akhtar has trained in Ghazal, Dadra, and Thumri genres of Hindustani classical music.

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Top 5 Unknown Facts about Begum Akhtar

  1. Begum Akhtar has been awarded many awards, mainly Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan.
  2. RTIwala Reveals that Begum Akhtar had her first Live Concert at the Age of 15! Yeah, you read it right! At age of 19, she was much appreciated by non-other than Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu during the charity concert for 1934 Nepal-Bihar Aid victims.
  3.  Akhtar Bai Faizabadi had more than 400 Gazals to her name! Therefore also known as Mallika-e-Ghazal.
  4. Did you know? She has also acted in a few Hindi films which include Ameena (1934), Mumtaz Begum (1934), Jawaani Ka Nasha (1935), Naseeb Ka Chakkar (1935). In all these films, she sang all her songs herself.
  5.  She was trained by Who’s who of Hindustani Music Industry like Mohammad Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan and Ustad Jhande Khan Saheb. the great sarangi player Ustad Imdad Khan.

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And due to her phenomenal contribution to Hindustani Sangeet and the becoming Flagbearer in Male-dominated Music Industry, Google India has dedicated a Doodle on Behum Akhtar’s 103rd Brith Anniversary.

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