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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, a small village in north Karnataka, her family shifted to Hubli where she has lived since 1928. She began learning Carnatic music at a very early age from her mother but soon showed her preference for the Hindustani music and began learning uder the guidance of Krishnacharya Hulgur. At the age of 16 she went to learn under the legendary Sawai Gandharva, who also taught Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Firoze Dastur. Her first public performance was in the Belgaum Congress Session, which was attended by Mahatma Gandhi. She received several awards that include the Padma Bhushan (1971) and the Sangeet Natak Akademi (1996) award among others.