Sulochana Brahaspati


Sulochana Brahaspati (born 1937, in Allahabad) is one of the noted vocalist of Hindustani classical music.

In 1994, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.

She is a vocalist and an exponent of the Rampur-Sadarang Parampara.[1] She learnt music from Pandit Bholanath Bhat and Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan (d. 1964) of Rampur-Sahaswan gharana.[2][3] Later she received intensive training from her guru, and her husband, Acharya K.C.D. Brahaspati. A large number of his compositions – Khayals, Thumris, Tappas and Dadras – are part of her portfolio.

She is also an accomplished teacher and musicologist and has published books including Raga Rahasya.

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Saint Tyagaraja


Kakarla Tyagabrahmam (4 May 1767 – 6 January 1847) or Saint Tyagaraja, also known as Tyāgayya in Telugu, was one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music or Indian classical music. He was a prolific composer and highly influential in the development of the classical music tradition. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today.[2] Of special mention are five of his compositions called the Pancharatna Kritis (English: “five gems”), which are often sung in programs in his honour.

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Vidya Rao

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Vidya Rao is an Hindustani classical singer and writer. She is popular for her Thumri and Dadra. She wrote a book on the late Naina Devi, Heart to Heart: Remembering Nainaji

Life and career

Vidya Rao grew up in Hyderabad. She did her graduation in Madras, she joined the Delhi School of Economics to do M.A. in Sociology.

She worked with Centre for Women’s Development Studies as a researcher for five years before quitting to concentrate on music.

She renders poetry of mystics like, Amir Khusro, Kabir etc.

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Sipra Bose


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Sipra Bose (1945 – April 22, 2008) was a noted singer in the Hindustani classical music tradition from KolkataIndia. She is noted for her rendering of light classical (Ragpradhan) songs in Bengali.

She started her musical training under Chinmoy Lahiri, and was introduced into the Thumri and Ghazal of the Lucknow gharana under Begum Akhtar. She also worked with Naina Devi of the Benaras gharana and Pandit Ravi Shankar.[1]

Her ghazal renditions, especially her enunciation of Urdu, has been noted by critics. She is also remembered in Odisha for singing some memorable Oriya movie songs and duets.

She died from a heart attack in Kolkata on April 22, 2008. Her husband is Gobindo Bose, a noted Tabla player. They have two sons and one daughter.

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Kalpana Zokarkar

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An accomplished classical singer, Kalpana carries the rich heritage of Ustad Rajab Ali khan Saheb through her father & guru Shri.Krishnarao (Mamasaheb) Mujumdar.

Gifted with an extremely melodious voice, Kalpana’s highly imaginative combination of swaras are pleasing and appealing to knowledgeable listeners as well as those not familiar with intricacies of classical music. Born in Indore, Kalpana has passed her M.A. in music securing a gold medal. She has the rare honour of receiving a gold medal in light classical music and silver medal in light music in the same year in the AIR competitions an at early age.These have been followed by numerous awards and honours over the past 30 years of concert performances.

Besides intensive training in khayal gayaki under her father,She has taken guidance from (Late) Dr.Sushila Pohankar & Shri.V.U.Rajurkar in other music forms.

Kalpana has an equal command over the classical and light classical styles of music.

She renders Khayal as well as Thumari, Tappa, Dadra, Hori, Kajri, Jhoola, Natyasangeet, Abhang & Bhajan with equal authority.Kalpana has won accolades and praise from senior artists like

Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Smt.Malini Rajurkar, Pt.Kishan Maharaj , Dr. Prabha Atre and so on.

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Siddheshwari Devi


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Siddheswari Devi (1908–1976) was a Hindustani singer from Varanasi, India, known as Maa (mother). Born in 1908, she lost her parents early and was brought up by her aunt, the noted singer Rajeshwari Devi.

Despite living in a musical household, Siddheswari came to music by accident. Rajeshwari had arranged musical training for her own daughter, Kamleshwari, while Siddheswari would do small chores around the house. Once, while the noted sarangi player Siyaji Mishra was teaching Kamleshwari, she was unable to repeat the tappa that she was being taught. Rajeshwari ran out of patience, and started to cane Kamleshwari, who cried out for help.

The only person to help her was her close friend Siddheswari, who ran from the kitchen to hug her cousin, and took the thrashing on her own body. At this point, Siddheswari told her weeping cousin, “It’s not so difficult to sing what Siyaji Maharaj was telling you.” Siddheswari then showed her how to sing it, performing the whole tune perfectly, much to the amazement of everyone.

The next day, Siyaji Maharaj came to Rajeshwari, and asked to adopt Siddheswari into his own family (they were childless). So Siddheswari moved in with the couple, eventually becoming a great friend and support for them.

This moving incident was very vivid in Siddheswari’s mind, and is detailed in the biography Maa co-authored by her daughter Savita Devi.[1]

Musical career

Subsequently she also trained under Rajab Ali Khan of Dewas and Inayat Khan of Lahore, but considered her guru mainly Bade Ramdas.

She sang khyal, thumri (her forte) and short classical forms as dadra, chaiti, kajri etc. On several occasions she would sing perform through the night, for example on the overnight boating expeditions of Maharaja of Darbhanga.[1]

In 1989, noted director Mani Kaul has made an award winning documentary, Siddheshwari, on her life[2]

She won many accolades during her career, including:

She died in 1976. Her daughter Savita Devi is also a musician and lives in Delhi.

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Usha Chinoy

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Usha Chinoy (1929–2004) was a well-known Indian educationist and musician[1] from Rajkot, Gujarat.

Early life and education

Usha Chinoy (née Joshi) was born in the former princely state of Jamnagar (Nawanagar) in the Kathiawar peninsula (Saurashtra) of Gujarat to Trambaklal Manishankar Joshi and Yashomati Joshi. She completed her BA (Hons.) at the Dharmendrasinhji College in Rajkot. She later also obtained a diploma in music through the Sangeet Visharad  and Hindustani Vineet degrees. In the city of Jamnagar, she was the first elected female member of the municipal corporation and also Principal of the Sajuba Girls High School from the late 1940s till the early 1950s. Her grandfather, poet and author Vaidya Shastri Manishankar Govindji, founded the famous Atank Nigrah pharmacy, an Ayurvedic firm of great repute, in Jamnagar in 1881. The firm had branches in Bombay (Mumbai), Calcutta (Kolkata), Madras (Chennai), Poona (Pune), Karachi, Colombo, Rangoon (Yangon), Penang  and Singapore.


Usha commenced her singing career in the 1940s with songs recorded for Young India. Her repertoire on All India Radio and later on the TV channel Doordarshan during the 1960s and 1980s included Gujarati and Urdu ghazals, bhajans, thumris, Gujarati folk songs and light music. She was also a playback singer for Gujarati films. From 1964-1974, she was the founding head of the Department of Arts, Crafts and Music and teacher at the Rajkumar College , Rajkot  . In 1967 she went to the United States as part of the Experiment in International living program.

Personal life 

Usha was married to senior Indian Police Service officer Romeshchandra Chinoy (1925–1991. Her elder sibling, Suresh T. Joshi, was the principal of the Gujarat Ayurveda College in Jamnagar in the 1960s and 1970s. Usha was the daughter-in-law of barrister C. N. Chinoy, Dewan of the former princely state of Rajkot. She died in 2004 in Shanghai, China, and was survived by her three children, one of whom, Sujan R Chinoy , was appointed Indian Ambassador to Mexico, and by five grandchildren.

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