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The Genius of Series
The world of Hindustani Classical Music comprises of Geniuses both vocalists and instrumentalists. Their music emanates a divine spark. Be it their first recording or a phase of experimentation or perhaps a time when thy reached a crescendo in their careers each of these is a slice of history. And we at Saregama are proud custodians of these immortal moments.
In this series we have compiled some of the finest performances of the legends thereby showcasing the genius of these Geniuses!.
Girija Devi is a doyen of the Banaras gharana. She was trained by sarjuprasad Misra and Shrichand Mishra first in Khayal and later in Thumri. Devi made her public debut at the age of 20 on all India Radio.
She helped elevate the profile of Thumri and sang a variety of other styles including khayal, dhrupad folk music and tappa. A recipient of the Padmashree and the Padma Bhushan from the president of India she had been honored by all the music academies of the states. The coveted title of sangit Shiromani by the prayag Sangeet Samiti Allahabad was also bestowed upon her. In her musical career spanning over four decades Girijadevi performed across the globe besides at all prestigious music conferences in India.
Teaching at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy from its inception in the early 90s Devi Served as guru for many students including Dalia Rahut, Jayita Pandey and Satyanarayan Misra the son of her own guru Pandit Sarju Prasad Leaving the school after 12 years she returned to Varanasi where she became a visiting professor at Banaras Hindu University.