I present to you, Sir, Begum Akhtar.
Begum Akhtar, born on 7th Octobar, 1914 at Faizabad, is one of the foremost vocalists today. She had her training in Hindustani classical music with Ata Mohammad Khan of the Patiala gharana and Abdul Wahid Khan of the Kirana gharana and made her debut at the age of seven. Begum Akhtar is well known for her singing of thumri and dadra, in which she has combined both the poorab and the Punjab styles with a characteristic flavour of her own. Her rendering of ghazals is of a rare quality.
She has been on extensive concert tours abroad, and the Government of India honoured her with the ‘Padma Sri’.
For her eminence in the field of music and her contribution to its enrichment, Begum Akhtar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Vocal Music.