Padma Vibhushan Dr.Gangubai Hangal was born in March,1913 and she left this world on 21July,2009.Her contribution in the field of classical vocal music is unparellal.She continued with her singing till the age of 96 years,which is very rare.Being a foremost singer of Kirana Gharana,she won many awards and recognitions throughout her life.Having very deep and heavy voice she presented Khayals and Taranas with full gravity to keep her audience spell bound for hours.On her 76th birthday she was in IIT, Kanpur, with her daughter Krishna Hangal and I was lucky to attend that memorable concert of Smt.Gangubai Hangal.I still remember one of her taans of longest duration which I had ever listened.Her simple appearance had a treasure of music inside,which she kept on distributing all her life to the lovers of music.
In her Birth Centenary Year 2012-2013,a Stamp should be released by the Govt. Of India, to commemorate the musical contribution of this great classical singer of twentieth century.She belonged to Kirana Gharana of music and was senior to Pt. Bhimsen Joshi of same Gharana.
In राग रागेश्री she sings "हरि खेलत ब्रज में होरी....."
In राग पूरिया धनाश्री she renders the traditional ख्याल of किराना घराना "अरज सुनो पार करो ....."
Her daughter Krishna Hangal gave her vocal support in singing till she was alive.Krishna was a miraculous vocalist capable of streching the taans beyond your expectation and for it she always gathered great applause from the audience.Here are the numbers in raga Kalawati and Kedaar to prove it:They sing in raga कलावती: "बोलन लागी कोयलिया ,बोलन लागी ।करत गुंजार भ्रमर वन भ्रमत ,मधुमास आई ....।।"
And in raga केदार they sing" अहो कैसी धूम मची है ......।।"