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Shanti Hiranand is an Indian vocalist, classical musician and writer, known for her proficiency as a ghazal singer.[1][2] She is the author of the book, Begum Akhtar: The Story of My Ammi, a biographical work on Begum Akhtar, a renowned Ghazal singer.[3]

Shanti Hiranand
Born Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Classical singer
Known for Hindustani music
Awards Padma Shri

Born in a business family based in Lucknow in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Hiranand studied at the Music College, Lucknow and later shfted to Lahore, when her father relocated his business to the city.[4] Her debut music performance was on Radio Lahore in 1947 and she continued her music training in Lucknow, under the tutelage of Ustad Aijaz Hussain Khan of Rampur, when her family returned to India after the partition of India.[5] In 1957, she started training thumri, dadra and ghazal singing under Begum Akhtar and the relationship continued till Akhtar's death in 1974; the story of the relationship is documented in Hiranand's book on Akhtar, Begum Akhtar: The Story of My Ammi, published in 2005.[6]

The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for her contributions to Hindustani music.[7] Some of her renditions have been compiled and brought out as an audio CD, Expressions of Love by Music Today.[8] Hiranand lives in Lucnkow and is associated with the efforts of Begum Akhtar Admirer's Group (BAAG Trust) in converting Akhtar's house in Lucknow into a museum in memory of the singer.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Looking into the mirror". The Hindu. 19 March 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Singer profile on Underscore Records". Underscore Records. 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ Shanti Hiranand (2005). Begum Akhtar: The Story of My Ammi. Viva Books. p. 200. ISBN 978-8130901725. 
  4. ^ "Shanti Hiranand on Indian Raga". Indian Raga. 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Explaining nuances of ghazals the begum Akhtar way". Times of India. 23 September 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "About the book". Viva Books. 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Expressions of Love". Music Today. 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "In memory of Begum Akhtar". Times of India. 16 January 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 

Further readingEdit

  • Shanti Hiranand (2005). Begum Akhtar: The Story of My Ammi. Viva Books. p. 200. ISBN 978-8130901725.