UNESCO Names Gwalior, Birthplace Of Tansen, ‘Creative City’
NEW DELHI, (IANS) – Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the birthplace of the famed classical singer Tansen, has been declared as the ‘Creative City of Music’ by UNESCO.
Gwalior has received global recognition for its rich music legacy including the Gwalior gharana among the oldest schools of ‘Khyal’ singing. Many music gharanas, as is known, have their origins in the Gwalior gharana.
Gwalior gharana music has thrived under the patronage of the erstwhile royal families of Gwalior such as Raja Mansingh and the Scindias.
Gwalior is known for legends like Tansen and Baiju Bawra.
Tansen was one of the ‘Navratnas’ in the court of Akbar. Baiju Bawra had moved to Gwalior to work as mentor of music for students in Gwalior and was patronized by Raja Mansingh.