Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gangubai Hangal passes away

The matriarch of Hindustani classical music, Gangubai Hangal died Tuesday morning, July 21, 2009, after being briefly hospitalized for heart and respiratory problems. She was 96. She died in Hubli, a city in Karnataka, India, where she lived. She was one of the most well known singers of Khayal, a style that belongs to the Hindustani (or North Indian) school of classical singing. Earlier this month, on July 16, 2009, another leading woman classical singer of Carnatic (or South Indian) music, D K Pattammal, died aged 90.

Gangubai Hangal was born on March 5, 1913, in the southern state of Karnataka and trained under Sawai Gandharva, a respected guru. Born into a family of boatmen, Gangubai Hangal battled the prejudice of caste, as well as the notion that singing wasn't an appropriate profession for a woman of her generation. With her powerful, deep voice, Gangubai Hangal was often described as more gifted than most male singers of her time, and people had trouble relating her strong vocals with her small frame. She single handedly battled caste and gender prejudices to establish a career that spanned more than seven decades.

Raga Chandrakauns - Kab Ghar Aayo :  (Download)

Raga Jaijaiwanti - Achal Raho Raja :  (Download)

Raga Bhairavi - Bole Na Woh Humse Piya :  (Download)

Raga Bhimpalasi - Garba Harwa Daroongi :  (Download)

The doyenne of the Kirana Gharana was awarded India's prestigious civilian honours of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in 1971 and 2002 respectively.

1 comment:

JayAr said...

Hello, dear friend of ICM !

... its always a pleasure to discover some new postings on your blogs. So passionate you keep it up running continuously...

As there was just a concert on 1st August with Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar in Hubli to celebrate the 1st anniverary day of the beloved Gangubai, the place she lived most time of her life we all remember her smoothing voice and slow rendered Khayals.

I just want ask about the date of the recordings you list here... (pls. via direct email http://bit.ly/bigieq )

Warm regards from late summer in Europe
ElJay Arem
P.S.: I presented Gangubai in my monthly (non commercial) radio show in November 2009 ( http://bit.ly/cKEK0d ) which is now more than 4 years "on air" ( http://www.imcradio.net/archives ).

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