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Pandit Omkarnath Thakur (1897-1967)

July 1, 2007

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One of his rare and hard to find audio recording – A 78rpm – Columbia GE3143 of a folk song (bhajan) by Meerabai and a Ghazal by of Shaida.

Picture of the record

These recordings are unusual because it both of them are sung in Gujarati… On the record it is written “with a speciall request from the people of Gujarat”

 Another interesting fact – Vande Mataram was composed by Panditji.

 Panditji Used to compose by the pen name of “Pranava Piya” or “Pranav Rang”.

Credits –

1. Photograph at the top – from the book “Vaggeyakar Pujya Pandit Omkarnathji Thakur” by Dr. Pradeepkumar Dixit

2. Photograph of the record – Dhaivat Shukla

3. Record found in the collection of Shri Atul Desai – A student of Panditji.

4. Digital conversion from the original 78 rpm record – Jajvalya Shukla & Kshama Shukla

78rpm Record-1

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