Anjanibai Malpekar

Anjanibai Malpekar

Anjanibai Malpekar
(1883-1974)

 

♫ Raga Gunkali

♫ Raga Hameer

 

About Anjanibai Malpekar


Anjanibai Malpekar (1883-1974) was from Goa (not to be confused with the Agra vocalist, Anjanibai Lolienkar, also from Goa). She trained under Nazir Khan, one of the founders of the Bhendibazar Gharana (the others being Chajju Khan and Khadim Hussain Khan). Anjanibai was famous in her time for both for her musical gifts and her uncommon beauty. Kishori Amonkar, currently the greatest living Hindustani musician, had the privilege of being taught for a while by Anjanibai.

In “Between Two Tanpuras,” Vamanrao Deshpande has this passage in his essay on Kishori:

“…Another of Kishori’s gurus was Anjanibai Malpekar. Anjanibai loved Kishori dearly, especially because of her great musical talent. She often said to Kishori, “In you, your mother has given birth to a real gem. Go and tell your mother that I said this.” Tonal sensitivity was something Kishori was born with. But she goes to great lengths to admit that her enchanting glide (meend) was taught to her by Anjanibai…”