Asgari Bai

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Asgari Bai
Born January–August 1918 (1918)
Origin Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died August 9, 2006 (2006-08-10) (aged 87)
Genres Hindustani classical music,
Mewati Gharana
Occupation(s) Classical Vocalist
Years active 1937–2005

Asgari Bai (January–August 1918 – August 9, 2006) was a renowned Indian Dhrupad singer.[1] She was a recipient of Padma Shri, Tansen Samman, Academy Samman and Shikhar Samman.[2] She has also been felicitated with Nari Shakti Samman. Crowned with many awards, the artiste enthralled music lovers not only in Madhya Pradesh but also across the country with her unique style and talent for decades.

Early life and background[edit]

Asgari Bai was born in Bijawar, Chhatarpur. She had come with her mother Nazeera Begum to Tikamgarh. Her mother was a court singer for the erstwhile royal family of Bijawar, while her grandmother Balayat Bibi adorned the court of Ajaygarh princely state.

Singing career[edit]

A royal singer[edit]

Asgari Bai made her Guru to Zahoor Khan resident of Gohad, Bhind. She had been in Tikamgarh Raj Darbar up to 35 years. Asgari Bai acquired extraordinary expertise in Dhrupad to reign as the main court singer for the Orchha dynasty. She was also invited by other royal families to treat music lovers to her spellbinding

Personal life[edit]

Asgari bai was married at the age of 35 years with Chiman Lal Gupta of Agra. She has 5 sons and 3 daughters.

She died on Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

Awards[edit]

She was awarded the Padmashri on March 24, 1990. She was awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi award in February 1987, and honoured by the Madhya Pradesh government with the Tansen Samman in December 1985 and the Sikhar Samman in February 1986.[1]

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