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 Gangubai Hangal

A commemorative postage stamp on Gangubai Hangal, an Indian female Hindustani classical music singer [a part of the seriesIndian Musicians‘] :

ಗಂಗೂಬಾಯಿ ಹಾನಗಲ್ (गंगूबाई हंगल)Indian Classical Music ArtistsIssued by India

Issued on Sep 3, 2014

Issued for : There have been many maestros who have nurtured Indian classical music and have made its presence felt in the national and international arena. India Post is paying a tribute to such legendary maestros of Indian Classical Music by releasing a set of eight stamps on Indian Musicians.

Credits :
Stamp/Miniature Sheet
/Sheetlets/First Day Cover : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Nenu Gupta

Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 2500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.8 Million

Miniature Sheet : 0.4 Million

Sheetlets : 0.1 Million

Printing Process : Wet Offset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Name : Gangubai Hangal

Born on Mar 5, 1913 at Hangal, Karnataka, India

Died on Jul 21, 2009 at Hubli, Karnataka, India

About : 

  • Music has always been an important aspect of Indian life. Classical Music, which is based on ragas, has been the mainstay of the life of the people in the country. Its various forms have been used in movies, music albums, folk songs, etc.
  • Indian Classical Music is of two types – Hindustani and Carnatic music. Hindustani music is mainly found in North India. Khayal and Dhrupad are its two main forms. There is a significant amount of Persian influence in Hindustani music in terms of the instruments, style of presentation and ragas. There is also a rich tradition of Gharanas in classical Hindustani Music. Carnatic music, found mainly in South India, tends to be rhythmically intensive and structured when compared with Hindustani Music.
  • Gangubai Hangal, was born on 5th March, 1913 at Dharwad, Karnataka. She was initiated into music by her mother, Ambabai, who was also an eminent Carnatic singer. At the age of 11, Gangubai Hangal sang the welcome song in the Congress session at Belgaum in 1924 where notable freedom fighters Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad were present. Since her first public concert in Mumbai in 1931, Hangal went on to record discs with HMV and appeared in live programmes of All India Radio. She was conferred the Tansen Award in 1984, Padma Bhushan in 1971 and Padma Vibhushan in 2002. She died on 21st July, 2009.
  • Text : Based on the material provided by Sangeet Natak Akademi and Internet.
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