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Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Indian Artist Gauhar Jaan’s 145th Birth Anniversary

Gauhar began her training as a Hindustani classical musician and soon became accomplished in Kirtan and Rabindra Sangeet, among other musical forms

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Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Indian Artist Gauhar Jaan's 145th Birth Anniversary
Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Indian Artist Gauhar Jaan's 145th Birth Anniversary. (IANS)
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Known to be among the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records, Gauhar Jaan’s 145th birth anniversary has been marked by search engine giant Google through a doodle.

The legendary musician and dancer was born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh as Angelina Yeoward. Her father was Armenian and her mother Victoria Hemmings was an Indian by birth.

Before moving to the erstwhile Calcutta, along with her mother and establishing themselves in Nawab Wajid Ali Shah’s courts, the mother-daughter duo also lived in Benaras (now Varanasi) where they converted themselves to Islam.

Victoria changed her name to Malka Jaan and Angelina’s name was changed to Gauhar Jaan. Malka became a noted singer and Kathak dancer in Benaras.

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Gauhar began her training as a Hindustani classical musician and soon became accomplished in Kirtan and Rabindra Sangeet, among other musical forms.

In 1887 Gauhar made her first performance in the royal court of Darbhanga and was appointed as a court musician. By 1896, she started performing in Calcutta and developed a huge following.

The legendary dancer recorded more than 600 records between 1902 to 1920 across diverse languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi, Arabic, Persian, Pushto, French, and English.

Gauhar Jaan breathed her last on January 17, 1930, in Mysore (now Mysuru). (IANS)

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Google is now rolling out audio streaming and download quality controls for YouTube Music on the Android operating system (OS), the media reported.

The latest controls come with newer options in the “Settings” and “Downloads’ menu — low, normal, high and always high — that would allow users to choose the quality of audio and video content on the platform, keeping in mind their requirements and data constraints.

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“Beyond an audiophile’s desire for the highest quality sound, adding this setting helps users better manage their data plans when streaming, as well as device storage when queuing songs for offline playback,” 9To5Google reported on Saturday.

The search engine officially announced audio streaming and download quality controls along with the promise to adopt a more consistent update cycle for YouTube Music earlier in August and confirmed these features last month.

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Users must have the latest version of the YouTube Music app on Android to be able to get access to these features, the report added. (IANS)