‘Garv se kahon hum Hindustani hain’

Hindustani maestro Gangubai Hanagal, who turned 95 on Monday, captured in a confluence with the synonym for the shehnai, Ustad Bismillah Khan, at the Sri Rama Navami music festival at the Fort High School grounds in Bangalore in 1993.

This picture by Karnataka Photo News editor Saggere Ramaswamy (then with the Indian Express) has gone on to win many laurels, depicting as it does the warmth between two artistes who know only one language: the language of lyrical genius cutting across region and religion, caste and creed, vocal and instrumental.

Cross-posted on sans serif