Gangubai Hangal was a famous carnatic musician. She was born in Dharwad District on 5th march 1913. Her voice was deep and powerful. Her family shifted to hubli in 1928 so that gangubhai can be trained in hindustani Music. She started receiving formal training in carnatic music from the age of 13. She became famous in the mid-1930s, She started to make recordings and perform more frequently outside her community. By the early 1940s, Her broadcasts on All India Radio and her busy schedule of concert apperance across the country made her more popular. Initially she was focusing on bhajans, Hindu devotional songs, and semiclassical songs known as thumris, as well as khayal classical songs. By the mid-1940s, however, She shifted her focus almost fully to khayal. She also served as honorary music professor at the karnatak university. She died on 21st july 2009.
Awards & Honours :
- Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy Award, 1962
- Padma Bhushan, 1971
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1973
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, 1996
- Padma Vibhushan, 2002