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Gujarat

The mission of Baroda fieldtrip was to seek out performers from the community of women musicians who still sing repertoire attributed to Amir Khusrau. In Fatehpura the team was fortunate to trace Noorjahan Begum Jaipuri, who at the age of 90 remembered her days of glory. Over an informal chat over she remembered the days when she was a star performer employed by the Nawabs of Junagadh and Mangrol to the gradual decline of performance opportunities forcing her to terminate her performing career about 15 years ago.

It came out from the conversations with different musicians that for musicians in Gujarat in general generally and Baroda specifically the contextual performance opportunities for qawwāls and women musicians had dwindled significantly owing to various legal, political and religious issues.