78rpm vintage : Zohra Bai ‘Agrewali’

Zohra Bai (1868-1913) of the Agra Gharana, or Zohra Bai Agrewali as she came to be known as, was easily the best female singer at the turn of the 19th century. Along with Gauhar Jan, she marks the dying phase of the courtesan singing tradition in Indian classical music. She had her talim from Ustad Sher Khan, Ustad Kallan Khan and Mehboob Khan, the great composers of Khayals and Thumris.

Known equally for Khayal as well as lighter varieties of classical music, she learnt Thumri and Ghazals from Ahmad Khan of Dacca. Her many records going back to the first 15 years of the last century have not yet been dated, unlike records of some of her contemporaries. It is said that Faiyaz Khan, the greatest Ustad of the Agra Gharana, was influenced by Zohra Bai’s style of singing. The famed Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of the Patiala Kasur Gharana also held her in very high esteem.

Zohra Bai Agrewali – Basant – Tore Jele Jele Ede Ede :  Download

Zohra Bai Agrewali – Bhupali Tarana :  Download

Zohra Bai Agrewali – Gaud Sarang – Kajrare Gori Tere Nain :  Download

Zohra Bai Agrewali – Miya Ki Todi – Allah Jane Jane :  Download

Zohra Bai Agrewali – Sohni – Dekh Dekh Man Lalchaye :  Download

Zohra Bai Agrewali – Zila – Koyaliya Kuk Sunave :  Download

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  1. arpana said,

    October 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    well documented facts with apt pics!

  2. a1vivek said,

    November 13, 2010 at 1:55 am

    You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work. Music lovers are very thankful to you for getting the awesome classical pieces together here…

  3. Uma Maheswar Nakka said,

    January 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Uma Maheswar Nakka

  4. Vidur Sury said,

    January 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Truly fantastic. My hearty congratulations to you.

  5. Uday Shirahatti said,

    April 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Could you please post here the Bhoopali song “Mahadeva Maheshwara” by Ustad Bade Ghulam Khan Sahib. It has a great resemblance to the Bhoopali Tarana of Zohrabai above?

    Perhaps, Khan Saheb was inspired on listening to Zorabai.

    Many thanks.

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