Tribute to the legendary classical vocalist Gangubai Hangal on her 8th death anniversary today.

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Gangubai Hangal was born on March 5, 1913, at Dharwad to Chikkurao Nadiger, an agriculturist and Ambabai, a celebrated vocalist of Carnatic music.

Her early life was tough. She battled hunger and caste and gender prejudices. Though this battle continued for the most part of her life, she found a reason to smile always.

Gangubai, who enthralled millions with her deep understanding of Hindustani music and her powerful androgynous voice, lived a full life. Her career spanned over seven decades. She loved life and remained humble despite her unparalleled achievements.

The doyenne of the Kirana Gharana was awarded India’s prestigious civilian honors of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in 1971 and 2002 respectively.

Gangubai Hangal will be remembered not only for her musicianship, which delighted audiences over more than seven decades but as a woman of perseverance in the face of humiliating caste prejudice and poverty.

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