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BABA RAMDAS BAIRAGI
Baba Ramdas Bairagi was the founder of the Ramdasi Gharana, which was established shortly after the death of Aurangzeb. Baba Ramdas Bairagi was a resident of Gwalior and was a court musician of Akbar and Jahangir. He had a close relationship with Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khana. His singing was famous due to his dramatic deep voice. Baba Ramdas was a musicologist with a great knowledge of Shastras of music. He created many high classical ragas such as Ramdasi Malhar, Ramdasi Sarang, Ramkali, Rama, Ramkaunsi, Ramdas, Ram Kalyan and Ram Sakh. After the death of Baba Ramdas, his son the great Nayak Surdas carried on the tradition and also created many ragas, such as Surdasi Malhar, Surdasi Todi and Surdasi Kalyan. Ramdasi Gharana style of singing is not commercially popular and remains obscure in India.