In 1926, Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan was out of Maihar on tour when he received a cable informing him that he was a father of a daughter.
Everyone in the group shared the news with blessings and happiness. The problem, however, was the name. Baba, since he was away, left the decision to the Maharaja of Maihar, Brijnath Singh who was not only his student but also a friend. The Maharaja, a devout Hindu, named the baby girl Annapurna Devi (in the Hindu pantheon, the Goddess of food and prosperity); upon his return, the guru also gave his daughter a muslim name, Roshanara, but, somehow, the name Annapurna Devi stuck
As the youngest child, Annapurna Devi had two older sisters and a brother, Ali Akbar Khan. The older sisters were married early and so, it was just Annapurna Devi and Ali Akbar Khan who grew up as thickly bonded siblings, moreso as students to their father, Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan.Read More