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Pandita (Smt.) Sharan Rani the legendary Sarod Maestro, is amongst the few seniormost and greatest musicians of India. Born on 9th April, 1929, Sharan Rani is the first and foremost woman instrumentalist of India, besides being the first and the foremost woman Sarod player of the country. To her goes the singular credit of opening the doors of Indian instrumental music for women, thus changing the course of music for times to come. Sarod has become synonymous with her name and she is popularly called ‘Sarod Rani’ (Queen of Sarod) in India and abroad. She has been actively performing on the concert stage for over six decades, receiving unprecedented critical acclaim. Revered as a ‘living legend’, by three generations of musicians and music lovers, she has become an institution in herself. Called the ‘Cultural Ambassador of India’, by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, she has been the first musician to go from Indian to many countries, thus greatly contributing towards introducing and popularizing Indian classical music abroad, from 1959.