Dharwad deserves a pre-eminent place in the modern hall of fame of vocal music

If Gwalior, Agra, Jaipur, Lucknow and Benaras make up the Great Tradition of classical music in India, then Dharwad, in Karnataka, deserves a pre-eminent place in the modern hall of fame of vocal music. The city has nurtured some of the finest khayal singers in the country in the last 100 years: Gangubai Hangal, Bhimsen Joshi, Basavraj Rajguru, and Mallikarjun Mansur, whose centenary is being observed this year.

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