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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)

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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Microsoft Planning to Integrate Google’s Services into Outlook.com: Report

The feature is only rolling out to Outlook.com Web mail client users

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash.
FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. VOA

Microsoft is planning to integrate several Google services into Outlook.com, including Google Drive, Google Calendar and Gmail.

This integration would work in a very similar manner to how it does on the existing Android and iOS Outlook apps, with separate inboxes and side-by-side integration in the calendar, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

The new integration was recently shared on Twitter by user Florian B who tweeted screenshots that show a new feature in Outlook.com allowing users to integrate their Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar into their Outlook.com account.

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

As per the report, the Google Drive integration supports documents and files from Google’s service so a user can quickly attach them to Outlook or Gmail emails.

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Right now it is not clear how many Outlook.com users will get access to this, or when the company will make it available more broadly.

The feature is only rolling out to Outlook.com Webmail client users. (IANS)