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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. Although his khayals were full of artistry and melody, it was his thumris that really enchanted his audiences. He is often called the "King of Light Classical music". His study of music was extensive. He was gifted with all the attributes of a great musician - musical lineage, intelligence, sound training and high artistic sensibility. Bade Gulam Ali Khan enchanted his audiences everywhere with his excellent voice and his spectacular swara combinations and the incredible speed of his tans. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1962 and the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1967.