I present to you, Sir, Shrimati Hirabai Barodekar who has received the Akademi Award for vocal music of the Hindustani School.
Smt. Hirabai studied vocal music with her brother Shri Sureshbabu Mane and Ustad Wahid Khan (Behere) and is one of the leading musicians of the kirana gharana.
Known for her chaste and refined presentation of khayal, she is equally at home in the lighter styles of music. She has earned high reputation as a singer on the stage and is one of the pioneer actresses of Maharashtra.