Tracks: 4, total time: 62:24, year: 1992, genre: Indian
Shobha Gurtu is one of the few leading artistes dedicated to theart of thumri style of singing. She is a highly popular vocalistand has a large fan following in India and abroad.
Shobha Gurtuwas born in 1925 at Belgaum in Karnataka. Her mother Menaka Bai Shirodhar was a vocalist who followed the tradition of the Jaipur-Atrauli gayaki of Alladiya Khan. Shobha Gurtu began her trainingin classical music under her mother Menaka Bai Shirodhar. Later on she learnt classical music from Nathan Khan and light classicalfrom Ghamman Khan.
Shobha Gurtu is blessed with a rich and husky voice, which her listeners adore. She renders her thumris in anenchanting way. Shobha Gurtu’s compositions range from the Shringar rasa filled themes of Radha-Krishna to the philosophical renderings of Kabir and his daughter Kamali’s sufiana poems. She delineates her dadras, chaitis, savanis, horis and mahias based on avariety of ragas and sings them with feeling.
Shobha Gurtu oftendescribed as the queen of thumri has greatly contributed to thegenre. For her artistic achievements, she was honoured with the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1989.Among the other awards and honours she has received the Hafiz Ali Khan Award, the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar, the Shahu Maharaj Puraskar and the Goa Academy Award. In these fast changing times, her popularity is undiminished.
In this album Shobha Gurtu presents a collection of soulful Thumri, Kajri, Chaiti and Hori.
Purushottam Walawalkar: Harmonium
Aneesh Pradhan: Tabla Indru Aatma: Swar Mandal
Recorded by Avinash Oak
Compiled and remastered by G. Saraswati
Remastered at Moksha Audio Video Productions.
||Sawan Ki Ritu – Kajri
||Chaitra Chunari – Chaiti
||Chhodo Gagaria -Thumri
||Aaj Biraj Mein – Hori