She was one of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India, and released by Gramophone Company of India. India’s first disc had Gauhar Jaan singing a khayal in Raag Jogiya, recorded on 2 November 1902. The recording was done in a makeshift recording studio in two large rooms of a hotel in Kolkata, and at the end of the trial recording Gauhar Jaan announced – “My name is Gauhar Jaan”. Gauhar Jaan agreed to do the recording session for a princely sum of 3,000 rupees. By 1903, her records started appearing in Indian markets and were in great demand.