Who was Gauhar Jaan ? (Google Trending)

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  • The first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India.
  • Having recorded more than 600 records in more than ten languages.
  • India's first recording sessions included Gauhar Jaan

Gauhar jaan (born Angelina Yeoward, 26 June 1873 – 17 January 1930) was an Indian singer and dancer from Calcutta. She was one of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India, and released by Gramophone Company of India. Having recorded more than 600 records in more than ten languages between 1902 to 1920, Gauhar Jahan is credited with popularising Hindustani classical music such as thumridadrakajritarana during the period.
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India's first recording sessions included Gauhar Jaan, singing a khayal in Raag Jogiya, recorded by Fred Gaisberg of the Gramophone Company. The sessions began on 8 November 1902. Over the course of six weeks, more than 500 matrices were recorded of local artists. The records were manufactured in Germany and shipped to India in April 1903. They proved a great success in popularising the gramophone in India, where locals had no interest or appreciation for Western music.The recording was done in a makeshift recording studio in two large rooms of a hotel in Kolkata. By 1903, her records started appearing in Indian markets and were in great demand.

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     Suyesh Mishra

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