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Maestros of Hindustani Classical Music

Adarang and Sadarang

They were considered as the pioneers of Khayal singing. In fact, some people trace the origin of Khayal to "Sadarang" Nyaamat Khan, who was a beenkaar in the Mughal court of Muhammad Shah "Rangila".  more

Amir Khusro

Amir Khusro (1254-1325) was a scholar poet and musicologist of rare talent in the court of Allauddin Khilji. He is credited with the introduction of entirely new forms and styles in Hindustani music,  more

Ashgari Bai

A very famous and incomparable dhrupad singer, now 86-year-old, Asghari Bai lives in the small town of Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh.  more

Baba Ramdas Bairagi

Baba Ramdas Bairagi was the founder of the Ramdasi Gharana, which was established shortly after the death of Aurangzeb.  more

Baiju Bawra

He was considered as a contemporary and a gurubhai of Mian Tansen, since both were the disciples of Swami Haridas of the 16th Century AD.   more

Begum Akhtar

Begum Akhtar (1914-1974), an eminent ghazal, thumri and dadra singer, was one of the most adored musicians in the Indian subcontinent.  more

Gangubai Hangal

Gangubai Hangal is the doyen of the Kirana gharanais and one of the senior-most performing artistes in the world today. Born in 1913, to a family of musicians from Hangal  more

Gundecha Brothers

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha have emerged as the torchbearers of the great dhrupad tradition, which they have inherited from their gurus, the Dagar brothers.  more

Inayat Khan

Inayat Khan was born in Baroda on 5th July 1882. He was the grandson of Prof. Moula Baksh, the eminent founder of the Academy of Indian Music established in Baroda under the patronage of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad of Baroda.   more

Kesarbai Kerkar

Kesarbai Kerkar was the disciple of such eminent gurus as Ramkrishnabuva Vaze, Bhaskarbuva Bakhale and Ustad Alladiya Khan.  

Kishori Amonkar

Kishori Amonkar is one of the most outstanding musical personalities of India, who is acclaimed today as one of the leading exponents of Jaipur Gharana.   more

Kumar Gandharva

Pandit Kumar Gandharva (1924-1992) (original name: Shivaputra Siddharamaiyya Komkali) was the leading intellectual among Hindustani Classical Musicians.  more

Mallikarjun Mansur

Mallikarjun Mansur (1910-1992) was a torrent figure in the world of music and to the Jaipur gharana. He took guidance form Nilkantha Buwa, Manji Khan and Burji Khan.  more

Omkar Nath Thakur

Omkar Nath Thakur (1897-1967) was a distinguished vocalist and an eminent representative of the Gwalior Gharana. He was a disciple of Pandit V.D. Paluskar.  more

Pandit Basavraj Rajguru

Pandit Basavraj Rajguru was a performing artist of a very superior caliber and is counted among the rare breed of Indian musicians.   more

Pandit Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale

Pandit Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale (1869-1923) received his training from Faiz Mohammed Khan of Gwalior gharana from 1884-1894.   more

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

Bhimsen Joshi, who is riding the crest of popularity for the last several years, is a musical genius noted for his extraordinarily rich and sonorous voice.  more

Pandit D.V.Paluskar

He was the son of Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. He had studied music under the guidance of Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan and Pandit Narayanrao Vyas .   more

Pandit Firoz Dastur

Pandit Firoz Dastur, the doyen of the Kirana Gharana is the disciple of Sawai Gandharva, one of the greatest exponents of the Kirana Gharana and disciple of the legendary Ustad Abdul Karim Khan.   more

Pandit Jasraj

Pandit Jasraj was born into a highly cultured family that has given to Indian music four generations of outstanding musicians.   more

Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar

"Sangeet Bhaskar" Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar (1872-1931) is the composer of Ramdhun "Raghupati Raghav Rajaram". He took up the task of conveying the message of music to every home in the simplest way.  more

Siddheswari Devi

Siddheswari Devi (1903-1977) traced her musical lineage to her maternal grandmother Maina Devi, a reputed singer of Kashi of nearly a century ago.  more


Tansen (1506-1589) was born as 'Ramtanu' to Makaranda Pande, a resident of Gwalior. He soon became a disciple of Swami Haridas of Brindavan and learnt classical music from him.  more

Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan

Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan (1901-1968) hailed from Lahore in Punjab. An exuberant khayal and thumri singer, he represents the Patiala Gharana.  more

Ustad Faiyaz Khan

Ustad Faiyaz Khan (1880-1950), popularly called "Aftab-e-Mausiqui", was "the ultimate flowering of the genius of the Agra or Rangila Gharana.  more

Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande

Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande (1860-1936) was a dedicated musician and musicologist who made immense contribution to Indian classical music.   more

Wajid Ali Shah

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Lucknow, was not only a great patron of music, dance, drama, and poetry but was himself a gifted composer  more

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