Listen to Gauhar Jaan : India’s first recording artist

BY Abhishek Mathur | PUBLISHED: 21 July 2016

Gauhar Jaan was a singer and dancer in the old courtesan tradition from Calcutta. In 1902, she became one of the first Indian musicians to record their performance on a gramophone record (for a princely sum of Rs 3,000 – no small amount in those days). Here are some vintage recordings of this little known, though path breaking individual in Indian cultural history.

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21 July 2016