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.

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The Annapurna Devi Foundation ('Foundation') is a registered private trust founded in the year 2015 by Annapurna Devi herself.

IIts objects include, among others, the promotion of Indian classical music, supporting poor musicians, preserving the musical heritage of the Maihar Senia gharana of music and commemorating the work of her father and Guru, Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan-sahib. The Trust serves these objects through a variety of activities such as providing financial aid to poor and deserving musicians, organising concerts, supporting the making of documentaries on musicians and conferring awards to musicians of high calibre.

The Foundation also actively looked after Annapurna Devi's health during the last few years of her lifetime.

"सोचो हम लोग बाबा के साथ दस साल तक और सामने बजाते थे तभी राग सिद्ध होता है और कोई भी इंसान जिंदगी मे चार राग ही पता कर सकता है एक हि राग ठीक से सीखने से वोआगे रस्ता बताता है. - मा अन्नपूर्णा देवी"

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