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Ajrara, Ghaziabad

Ajrara is a historical village in the district of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. It is situated on the bank of Kali Nadi, a rivulet, which runs through this area. The village lies approximately 7.5 km from Kharkhoda, its Tehsil Headquarter. It derived its name from a yogi - an ascetic called Ajaipal who raised a temple in the village and named it Ajaipara.

But the village has become a tourist attraction for a different reason. It is a home to famous tabla players who evolved a gharana - a style or a tradition in playing tabla. The style has come to be known after the name of the village and is, therefore, called the Ajrara Gharana.

The Ajrara Gharana style of tabla playing was developed by two brothers, Miroo Khan and Kallo Khan. They learnt the art under the tutelage of Ustad Sitab Khan of the Delhi Gharana. The duo perfected the art of tabla playing to the extent that the Ajrara Gharana has become one of the six major tabla-playing schools/styles in the country.

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