The first lady of the era, she was clearly the singing star of her time. Gauhar Jan was a superstar of the new century. The gramophone had been introduced into India in the early years of the 20th century and naturally the recording companies headed for the gaanewalis in search of talent. In Gauhar Jan they found a star. She successfully adapted to the difficult task of recording for gramophone discs. Starting in 1902 she was eventually rumored to have recorded 600 discs in seven languages (The actual number might be a more realistic 150). Her audience was large and she became a popular icon, in demand for advertising. She also had a profound influence on subsequent music.

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