Girija Devi - tappa in Raga Desh

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An extract from a performance by Girija Devi, taken from the archives of the Asian Music Circuit.

Girija Devi (Hindi: गिरिजा देवी), born 1929, is an Indian classical singer of the Banaras gharana. She performs classical and light classical music and has helped elevate the profile of thumri.

Tappa is a form of Indian semi-classical vocal music. Its speciality is its rolling pace based on fast, subtle and knotty construction. Its tunes are melodious, sweet and depict the emotional outbursts of a lover. Tappas were sung mostly by songstresses, known as Baigees, in royal courts.