Remembering Begum Akhtar

Print edition : December 08, 2017

Young Akhtari Bai Faizabadi. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Begum Akhtar. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Nirmal Chander, the director of the documentary "Zikr us parivash ka" (left), with his cinematographer Ranjan Palit. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Shanti Hiranand, Begum Akhtar's first pupil, reminiscing on camera about her Ammi. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Kathak dancer Ruchi Khare playing the role of a "tawaif" in an aristocrat's private "mehfil" in the documentary. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Nirmal Chander’s documentary focusses on the essentials of Begum Akhtar’s music and her rise to greatness in the feudal ambience of pre-Independence U.P.
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