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Auction Number 149 ­- AUCTION Closing Date: Monday, 21 May, 2018

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Section I - Indian Vocal 78rpm records Nos. V0101 - V0103

V0101. BAI KESARBAI KERKAR: Raga Durga / Raga Nat Kamod. 12” Indian HMV HQ 4 (2MH 8580/82). M-A MB 15

“Kesarbai Kerkar was an Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. A protegé of Ustad Alladiya Khan, the founder of the gharana, from age sixteen, she went on to become one of the most noted khayal singers of the second half of the 20th century. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1953, followed by Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in India, in 1969. At the age of 16, she moved to Mumbai with her mother and uncle. A wealthy local businessman Seth Vitthaldas Dwarkadas helped her study with Barkat Ullah Khan, sitar player and court musician at Patiala State. He taught her intermittently for two years, during his visit to the city. When Khan became court musician at Mysore State, however, she trained under Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale (1869-1922) and Pt. Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze for short periods. She eventually ending up as disciple to Ustad Alladiya Khan (1855–1946), the founder of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, beginning in 1921, and trained rigorously under him for following eleven years.

Kerkar eventually achieved wide renown, performing regularly for aristocratic audiences. She was very particular about the representation of her work and consequently made only a few 78 rpm recordings, for the HMV and Broadcast labels. In time, Kerkar became an accomplished Khayal singer of her generation. Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is said to have been very fond of Kerkar's singing. Her honorific title "Surashri" (or "Surshri") literally means "excellent voice", and was bestowed on her in 1948 by the Sangeet Pravin Sangitanuragi Sajjan Saman Samiti of Calcutta.

Kerkar has the further distinction of having one of her recordings, ‘Jaat Kahan Ho’, (an interpretation of raga Bhairavi) included on the Voyager Golden Record.”
- Wikipedia

V0102. PRINCESS WATAWASO, w. Edward Meyer [Fl.], Maryann Williams [Pf.]: By the weeping waters / Aooah; Her blanket (all Thurlow Lieurance). 10” PW black V 22316, only form of issue, 27 Jan., 1930. M-A MB 20

“Lucy Nicolar (aka Princess Watawaso) was born on Indian Island, Maine, on 22 June, 1882. Her childhood winters were probably spent making baskets. Each summer her family traveled to Kennebunkport, Maine to sell their baskets to the tourists. Lucy and her sisters provided entertainment for the customers, usually by singing and dancing. By the turn of the century, Lucy was performing at public events such as sportsmen's shows. She moved to Chicago and studied piano at the Music School of Chautauqua. Lucy was employed for a time on the Redpath Chautauqua Circuit where she performed generic ‘Indian’ entertainments. It appears this is where she first started using the stage name ‘Princess Watawaso’.”
- Wabanaki History of Interior New England

V0103. PRINCESS WATAWASO, w. Herbert Small [Fl.], Acc. by the Composer: By the waters of Minnetonka / Sioux serenade (both Thurlow Lieurance). 10” black V 18431, only form of issue, 16 nov., 1917. M-A MB 15