Story – When India’s first disc had Gauhar Jaan singing a khayal in Raag Jogiya

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.

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