Monday, October 1, 2012

The magic of Shanti Hiranand (Padma Shri)

The first time that I heard Shanti Hiranand sing she swept me off my feet. The warmth of her voice, the subtle emphasis of expressions, the attention to impeccable pronunciation of the beautiful Urdu poetry she sings, and finally the unhurried andaaz, all reached out and touched me. She makes me proud to simply know that there are the likes of her out there today paying attention to such details and keeping the art alive and well. I hope and wish that she has similar disciples whom she is training to become future Shanti Hiranands and Begum Akhtars with their very own unique twist. Enjoy!

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