Begum Akhtar

A commemorative postage stamp on Akhtari Bai Faizabadi :

1430 Begum Akhtar [India Stamp 1994]Issued by India

Issued on Dec 2, 1994

Issued for : The Department of Posts has from time to time brought out special commemorative postage stamps on famous personalities and themes related to the art and culture of India. The issue of a commemorative postage stamp on Begum Akhtar by the Department is a tribute to the legendary queen of ghazals.

Credits :
Photographs : Avinash Pasricha
Design : Yashwant Jamsandekar
Concept : Rita Ganguly

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 200 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.60 x 2.60 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Unwatermarked matt coated, gummed, calendered Stamp Paper

Number of stamps Printed : 1 Million

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photo offset

Printer : Madras Security Printers, Madras

Name : Akhtari Bai Faizabadi

Born on Oct 7, 1914 at Bhadarsa, Faizabad district, Uttar Pradesh, India

Died on Oct 30, 1974 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

About : 

  • Begum Akhtar or MalikaiGhazal, as she was popularly known, has rightfully been called the mother of ghazals in the Indian subcontinent. Though the ghazal had its origins in the times of Hazrat Amir Khusro about six centuries ago, it was Begum Akhtar who by her passion for ghazal singing and perseverance brought it to the forefront as a musical expression.
  • The date 2nd December 1919, stands out as a red letter day in the life of the Begum. On this day at the tender age of five, she joined the local missionary school in Faizabad where the renowned singer Gauhar Jan heard her sing. Impressed, she predicted a bright future for little Akhtari. Her faith was vindicated when Begum Akhtar reached legendary heights of musical excellence. Few can forget the exceptional popularity and the outstanding sales of her memorable ghazals especially, Deewana Banana Hai To Deewana Banade that mesmerised music lovers.
  • In art, as well as in life, Begum Akhtar became a symbol of gender assertion as well as the spirit of secularism. Her song Ganga Maiya thrilled listeners throughout India.
  • Text Source : Arshiya Seth.

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