Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

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Dr Gangubai Hangal


Childhood Awards Doctorates



Museum Highlights


Dr Gangubai Hangal was born in the family of musicians on 5th March 1913 at Dharwad. Her mother Smt Ambabai was a renowned carnatic singer and father Sri Chikkurao Nadiger of Ranebennur was an agriculturist.
Dr Gangubai was Initiated into music by her mother. She learnt music under the guidance of Sri Krishnamacharya Hulgur and later under Sri Sawai Gandharv alias Sri Rambhau Kundgolkar a disciple of late Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, the main architect of kirana gharana school of music.
Awards & mementos

  • Padmavibhushan by Government of India presented by President of India Sri.K.R.Narayanan at Ashoka Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi in the year 2002
  • Padmabhushan by Government of India Presented by President of India Sri V.V. Girei at Ashoka Hall, Rashrapati Bhavan New Delhi in the year 1971.
  • Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy Award by Government of Karnataka, presented by Chief Minister Sri Veerendra Patil at Bangalore in the year 1962.
  • Central Sangeet Natak Academy award presented by Sri P.L. Deshpande, Renowned marathi Writer at New Delhi in the year 1973.
  • 50 years of All India Radio Broadcasting in India 1927-77 Award conferred by Prime Minister of India Sri Morarji Desai at Bombay.
  • Receipeent of Tansen Award by Government of Madhya Pradesh, presented by Chief Minister Sri Arjun Singh at Gwalior.
  • Roohe Ghazal Begum Akhtar Award in memory of Ghazal Queen Begum Akhtar by Rajamata Smt Vijaya Raje Sindhia in the year 1987.
  • Bhuwalka Award by Sri Jyothi Basu Chief Minister of West Bengal in the year 1990.
  • Hafizalikhan Award by Hafizalikhan Memorial Society, New Delhi.
  • Kanak Purandar Award by Government of Karnataka by Chief Minister Sri Veerappa Moily at Hubli in the year 1992.
  • ITC Sangeet Academy Award by ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta in the year 1992.
  • Dinanath Mangeshkar award by Dinanath Mangeshkar Prathisthan presented by Ms lata mangeshkar in memory of her father at Nagpur in the year 1998.
  • Aditya Vikaram Birla Kalahikhar Puraskar by Vilasrao Deshmukh Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Sri Shivkumar Sharma at Mumbai in the year 2005.
  • Indian Music award by Shri A.P.J Abdul Kalam President of India at Mumbai in the year 2006 and many more awards.
She has given numerous performances in all major festivals, music circles, conferences in all major cities of India.

She has given more than 300 performances.

She has given performances in schools and colleges for promotion of music amongst younger generation through spic macay, a society for the promotion of music for younger generation. She has also performed in the princely States of Mysore, Gwalior prior to independent India. She has sung in Marathi film ‘Vijachi Lagan’.


  • Dr.Gangubai Hangal has the rare distinction of having sung before Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • She has been awarded by nine Prime Ministers.
  • She has sung for Marathi Film Vijachi lagan.
  • She has traveled to 13 countries.
  • One of the few and rare exponent of Kirana Gharana which was only limited to males.
  • Her first commercial disc was released by HMV Mumbai in 1932.
  • Her first live programme in All India Radio was in Mumbai in the year 1933.
  • At the age of 94 years, she sung in a concert organized by Academy Performing Arts of Belgaum on 12th March, 2006.
  • She has served as a Chairman of Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy from 1982 to 1984.
  • She has served as a senate member of Karnataka University for 6 years.
  • Her education was only upto 5th standard, yet she has worked as Honorary Professor Music, Karnataka University, Dharwad.
  • In recognition of her services in the field of music the Government of Karnataka nominated her as a Member of Legislative Council(MLC) for 6 years.
  • She has two sons and one daughter (late Smt.Krishna Hangal, eminent classical singer) her eldest son Sri Baburao Hangal is actively involved in promotion of music and the fine arts in Karnataka and younger son Sri Narayan Hangal is retired Supurintendent Engineer.
Doctorate conferred by various Universities to Smt Gangubai Hangal

  • Doctorate from Karnataka University Dharwad in the year 1976.
  • Doctorate from Gulbarga University, Gulbarga conferred by Shri P.Venkatasubbayya, Governor of Karnataka.
  • Doctorate from Hampi Kannada Universities conferred by Honorable Prime Minister Sri H.D.Devegowda in the year 1995.
  • Doctorate from Delhi University, Delhi in the year 1998.
Museum of Indian Classical Music
Dr.Gangubai Hangal has preserved all her awards, mementos certificates in this Museum for the new generation along with some oldest and rare musical instruments collected throughout India for the younger generation to recollect the excellence of music feat. The museum established by the concerted efforts of Mr.Manoj Hangal grandson of Dr.Gangubai Hangal who is advocate by profession.
For more than 60 years she has been charming audiences with her music both here and abroad.Her simplicity, warmth, humor are the hallmark of the great lady. She is courageous, intelligent and kind. She is an active social worker for social, religious and economic cause of the people.

One of the foremost exponent of the Kirana Gharana in our times, Gangubai has enriched the tradition by her own style and talents, her art combines rare grace and delicacy of presentation and its vibrant emotional content carries the unmistakable hall mark of Kirana Gharana gifted with voice at once resonant and flexible, Gangubai has a repertoire which is outstanding, rich delicate and diversified.

Dr Gangubai Hangal at the age of 94 years, still retains a prominent position amongst the most outstanding vocalists of Classical Hindustani Music In India.
With her singular and sustained contribution to Hindustani Vocal Music Gangubai has won wide acclaim respect and recognition.

This music legendry will leave an indelible imprint in the minds of all music lovers not only in India but also in abroad.

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