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President released a Set of Eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on Indian Musicians

Sep 4, 2014 12:40 IST

Pranab MukherjeeThe President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 3 September 2014 released a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on Indian Musicians. The postage stamps were released at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The set of stamps has been brought out by the Department of Posts and it features luminaries in the field of classical Indian music and they are
• Pandit Ravi Shankar – was the best-known exponents of the Sitar of the 20th century and was also a composer of Hindustani classical music
• Pandit Bhimsen Joshi – was an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition and is known for the khayal form of singing. He was also popular for renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs)
• D.K. Pattammal – was a prominent Carnatic musician and a playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages
• Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur – was an Indian classical singer of the khyal style in the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana of Hindustani classical music
• Gangubai Hangal – was an Indian singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music and was from to the Kirana gharana. She was known for her deep and powerful voice
• Pandit Kumar Gandharva – was a Hindustani classical singer and was well known for his unique vocal style and his refusal to be bound by the tradition of any gharana
• Ustad Vilayat Khan – was one of India's well known sitar maestros and was one of the great pioneers of his generation to introduce Indian Classical Music to the West, along with Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Nikhil Banerjee and his younger brother Imrat Khan
• Ustad Ali Akbar Khan – was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the Sarod. He was instrumental in popularising Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer (often in conjunction with Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar) and as a teacher

All these Indian Musicians on whom a set of Commemorative Postage Stamps has been released are eight greatest music maestros of contemporary India.

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