Begum Akhtar
Begum Akhtar

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Name: Begum Akhtar
Occupation: Singers
Gender: Female
Birth Day: October 7, 1914
Death Date: 30 October 1974(1974-10-30) (aged 60)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Age: Aged 60
Birth Place: Bhadarsa, India
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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Begum Akhtar

Begum Akhtar was born on October 7, 1914 in Bhadarsa, India (60 years old). Begum Akhtar is a Singers, zodiac sign: Scorpio. Find out Begum Akhtarnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

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As per our current Database, Begum Akhtar died on 30 October 1974(1974-10-30) (aged 60)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

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Biography Timeline


Akhtari Bai Faizabadi was born on 7 October 1914 to Asghar Hussain, a lawyer and his second wife Mushtari. Asghar Hussain subsequently disowned Mushtari and his twin daughters Zohra and Bibbi (later known as Begum Akhtar).


Begum Akhtar's good looks and sensitive voice made her an ideal candidate for a film career in her early years. When she heard great musicians like Gauhar Jaan and Malak Jan, however, she decided to forsake the glamour of the film world for a career in Indian classical music. Her supreme artistry in light classical music had its moorings in the tradition of pure classicism. She chose her repertoire in primarily classical modes: a variety of raags, ranging from simple to complex. After the advent of talkie era in India, Begum Akhtar acted in a few Hindi movies in the 1930s. East India Film Company of Calcutta approached her to act in "King for a Day" (alias Ek Din Ka Badshah) and Nal Damayanti in 1933.


Like others of that era, she sang her songs herself in all her films. She continued acting in the following years. Subsequently, Begum Akhtar moved back to Lucknow where she was approached by the famous producer-director Mehboob Khan, to act in Roti which was released in 1942 and whose music was composed by the maestro Anil Biswas. "Roti" contained six of her ghazals but unfortunately due to some trouble with the producer, Mehboob Khan subsequently deleted three or four ghazals from the film. All the ghazals are available on Megaphone gramophone records. Begum Akhtar, meanwhile, left Bombay and returned to Lucknow. Her name appears differently in many film credits as Akhtaribai Fyzabadi, Akhtaribai Faizabadi, Akhtari and Begum Akhtar.


In 1945, Akhtari Bai married a Lucknow-based barrister, Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbasi, and became known as Begum Akhtar. However, after marriage, due to restrictions by her husband, she could not sing for almost five years and subsequently, fell ill and emotionally depressed. That is when her return to music was prescribed as a befitting remedy, and in 1949 she returned to the recording studios. She sang three ghazals and a dadra at Lucknow All India Radio station. She started crying afterwards and returned to singing in concerts, which she continued to do unto death. She sang publicly in Lucknow, in a women's only concert in aid of the war with China, which was held in 1962.


During her last concert in Balaramapuram near Thiruvananthapuram in 1974, she raised the pitch of her voice as she felt that her singing had not been as good as she had wanted it to be and felt unwell. The stress she put herself under resulted in her falling ill and she was rushed to the hospital.

She died on 30 October 1974 in the arms of Nilam Gamadia, her friend, who invited her to Ahmedabad, which became her final performance.


Her tomb was a mango orchard within her home, 'Pasanda Bagh' in Thakurganj area, of Lucknow. She was buried alongside her mother, Mushtari Sahiba. However, over the years, much of the garden has been lost to the growing city, and the tomb has fallen into disrepair. The marble graves enclosed in a red brick enclosure, were restored in 2012, along with their pietra dura style marble inlay. Attempts are on to convert her home built in 1936 in China bazaar, Lucknow into a museum.


On October 7, 2017, Google dedicated a Doodle profile to her commemorating the 103rd birthday of Begum Akthar.

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🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Begum Akhtar is 107 years, 11 months and 28 days old. Begum Akhtar will celebrate 108th birthday on a Friday 7th of October 2022. Below we countdown to Begum Akhtar upcoming birthday.


Recent Birthday Highlights

102nd birthday - Friday, October 7, 2016

Remembering Mallika-e-Ghazal Begum Akhtar ahead of her 102nd birth anniversary

Her voice was not perfect. It spanned a single octave & a note higher, her voice broke, making it unique & her fans loved it.

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100th birthday - Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Metrognome - If Begum Akhtar had turned 100…

October 7 would have been legendary singer Begum Akhtar’s 100th birthday. A fascinating woman, her marriage had caused much furore in Lucknow circles. by Humra Quraishi Legendary singer Begum Akhtar would have turned 100 on October 7. The interesting thing about the woman, to me, is that a lot of information is available about her professional life and [&hellip

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99th birthday - Monday, October 7, 2013

'Loneliness was Begum Akhtar's constant companion'

As the centenary celebrations of Begum Akhtar kick off, her disciple, singer Rita Ganguly, reminisces about her close association with the ghazal queen, who treated her like her own child. Sonia Sarkar listens in

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