Begum Akhtar was an Indian singer and actress, born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1914. Known as the "Queen of Ghazals," she is considered one of the greatest singers of ghazal, dadra, and thumri genres of Hindustani classical music. She received numerous awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and posthumously the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Award from the government of India. Akhtar's first public performance was at the age of fifteen, and she was the first female singer to break away from singing in mehfils or private gatherings. She acted in a few Hindi movies in the 1930s and continued to act in the following years. Notable pieces include Aye Mohabbat Tere Anjaam Pe Rona Aaya and Woh Jo Hum Mein Tum Mein Quarar Tha. She died in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, at the age of 60.