CM Mamata Remembers Begum Akhtar On Her Birthday


Kolkata: The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday remembers Begum Akhtar on her 103rd birth anniversary.

Banerjee took her social media to convey her message.

On the other hand like all the time to mark the 103rd birth anniversary of ‘Mallika-e-Ghazal’ Begum Akhtar, Google on Saturday dedicated a special doodle to her.

It sees her playing sitar at the centre, with fans all around applauding her art.

Born on October 7, 1914, she was a renowned Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra, and Thumri genres of Hindustani classical music. She went on to receive the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music and was also awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan (posthumously) by the Indian Government.

She is regarded as one of the most veteran and revered Ghazal singers in India and has thus been given the moniker, of Mallika-e-Ghazal.

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She became so famous for her musical prowess that only the distinguished were allowed entry to her mehfils.

At a tender age, she dabbled with many creative career options right from acting in theatre in the 1920s in Kolkata, (mostly as a villain) to having a short stint in films as a songstress and an actor.

She, later on, went in for a socially accepted life, when she tied the knot with barrister Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbasi, following which she went onto, becomes the Mallika-e-Ghazal we all know her as, today.