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The Gwalior Gharana: A Song of Strength and Purity
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Sunita Suhalka Department of Music, Government Meera Girls College, Affiliated College under Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India


The Gwalior gharana, a prestigious lineage in Hindustani classical music, has captivated listeners for centuries with its emphasis on clarity, power and a deep respect for the essence of raga. This article highlights the rich history, defining characteristics and enduring influence of the Gwalior gharana, and explores its contribution to the living fabric of Hindustani classical music. It explores the origins of the gharana under the Mughals, the rise of khayal under the Scindias, the unique style shaped by the Naththan brothers, and the main characteristics of Gwalior singing. It also examines the role of the guru-shishya parampara in transmitting knowledge, the gharana system and its role in fostering innovation, and the challenges and adaptations of the Gwalior gharana in the 21st century.

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