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Zohra Bai

Zohra Bai

Born in 1868, Zohra Bai of the Agra Gharana, or Zohra Bai Agrewali as she came to be known as, was easily the best female singer at the turn of the 19th century. She had her talim from Ustad Sher Khan, nephew of Ghagge Khuda Baksh who imported Khayal from Gwalior. She had her subsequent talim from Ustad Kallan Khan and Mehboob Khan (Daras Piya), the great composer of Khayals and even Thumris, a fact, which is not very well known even to members of Agra Gharana.

Known equally for Khayal as well as lighter varieties of classical music, she learnt Thumri and Ghazals from Ahmad Khan of Dacca. Her many records going back to the first twenty years of the last century have not yet dated, unlike records of some of her contemporaries. It is said that Faiyaz Khan the greatest Ustad of the Agra Gharana, and possibly of this time in India, was also influenced by Zohra Bai`s style of singing. The famed Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of the Patiala Gharana also held her in very high esteem.
Zohra Bai died in 1913.



Audio

Select Artist Name Gharana Raga Structure Duration Action
Zohra Bai Agra Jaunpuri 2.49
Zohra Bai Agra Kedar 3.13
Zohra Bai Agra Bhairavi Thumri 2.54
Zohra Bai Agra Gara Thumri 3.30
Zohra Bai Agra Kamod 3.11
Zohra Bai Agra Khamaj 2.23
Zohra Bai Agra Multani 2.33
Zohra Bai Agra Sohini 2.58
Zohra Bai Agra Mishra Dhani 3.24
Zohra Bai Agra Puriya 2.59
Zohra Bai Agra Bhupali Tarana 3.14

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