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This book encapsulates the recording careers of some of India's best known musicians from the 78 rpm era. Starting with the famous vocalist Gauhar Jan of Kolkata, the author goes on to provide information about Malkajan of Agra, the thumri exponent Moujuddin Khan, Janki Bai of Allahabad, Pyara Saheb and many more. Many of these artistes were recorded in the early part of the twentieth century and their recordings are vital source material for musicians, students of music and collectors.
The book also includes bio-sketches of actor-singers like Bal Gandharva, Bapurao Pendharkar and Dinanath Mangeshkar. Theatre artistes from Bengal and Gujarat are also featured here.