Usha Chinoy (1929–2004) was a well-known Indian educationist and musician 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.
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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Purshottam Das Jalota (9 September 1925 – January 18, 2011) was Indian classical and devotional music singer, best known for his bhajans. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India, in 2004.
Born in Phagwara, Punjab, he learnt Hindustani classical music from Master Ratan of Sham Chaurasia gharana. At the age of twenty four he shifted to Lucknow and started singing professionally. He gradually shifted to singing Bhajans and set to tune several Bhajans based on Raagdari Sangeet. He considered that this would propagate India’s rich cultural heritage as well as popularize classical music. He is the father of singer Anup Jalota. He died at the age of 84 on 18 January 2011
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Neela Bhagwat is a familiar name for lovers of Hindustani music the world over. As a front-ranking exponent of the Gwalior style of singing, she has upheld the aesthetic principles of traditional music. As an innovative performer, she has combined the purity of raga with the folk idiom of medieval saint poets like Kabir, Shajo and Meera. These as well as her other innovations relating the traditional form to the contemporary concerns have brought her critical acclaim in India as well as Europe.
The prized pupil of revered gurus like Pandit Sharaadchandra Arolkar and Pandit Jal Balaporia, she has performed on major concert platforms, cut CDs, released audio albums and performed over global television channels like Star Plus and Music Asia.
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Krishna Gundopant Gind (26 December 1925 – 13 July 1994) was a Hindustani classical singer, teacher, composer, and scholar. His guru Shrikrishna Narayan Ratanjankar was his biggest influence.
Krishna Gundopant Ginde, called “Chhotu” (small) by family members and close friends because he was the 8th among 9 children, was born on December 26, 1925, inBailhongal near Belgaum. He showed interest in music from an early age and devoted his entire life to its pursuit. When he was just 11 years old, he moved to Lucknow and started his music training under music scholar S N Ratanjankar. He moved to Mumbai in 1951 to take up a teaching post with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. In 1962 he became principal of Vallabh Sangeet Vidyalaya. His knowledge of raagdari music was comprehensive. He would demonstrate various facets of a raag or a raagaang in seminars or lecture demonstrations.
When he was celebrated in his sixtieth birthday, some of the biggest names in Hindustani music, including Bhimsen Joshi, Kumar Gandharva, and Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, graced the function.
Pandit Ginde died on July 13, 1994, age 78 in Calcutta .
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