Google remembers Begum Akhtar through doodle

Cesar Mills
October 8, 2017

Search giant Google marked the 103rd birth anniversary of acclaimed singer Akhtari Bai Faizabadi, better known as Begum Akhtar, with a special Doodle on Saturday. Begum Akhtar, as she was better to know after her marriage to Lucknow-based barrister Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbasi, was praised by Sarojini Naidu at a concert organized in the aid of the victims of the 1934 Nepal-Bihar quake, and several other prominent persons like the famous writer Satyajit Ray, who even directed a film Jalsaghar with Akhtari in the lead role. She is also the receiver of Padma Shri in 1968 and Padma Bhushan (posthumously) in 1975. She is also known as Mallika-e-Gazal, added.

Begum Akhtar passed away in Ahmedabad on 30 October, 1974.

At the tender age of fifteen she gave her first public performance.

Begum Akhtar's mother took her to Calcutta, where she got training under Lahore's Abdul Waheed Khan and Mohammad Khan before becoming a disciple of Ustad Jhande Khan. She showed interest in music at a very young age and was sent to train under the great sarangi player, Ustad Imdad Khan. In 1930's, Begum Akhtar also acted in a few Hindi films which include Ameena (1934), Mumtaz Begum (1934), Jawaani Ka Nasha (1935), Naseeb Ka Chakkar (1935).

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She was buried at "Pasanda Bagh" in Thakurganj area of Lucknow.

Begum Akhtar was persuaded by Madan Mohan, a famous music director to sing in two movies "Daana Paani" (1953) and "Ehsaan" (1954). Begum Akhtar had earned fame in theatre world before switching over to music, the website added. That is what perhaps also explains why she always chose poetry-through-ghazal as her selected form of musical expression.

Her beauty and compassionate voice made producers cast her for their films, and she acted in lead roles in many films in the 1930s, popular ones including roti by Madhav Kaale and Jalsaghar by Satyajit Ray, among several others.

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