Begum Akhtar, Barrister Abbasi, and Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru

Just as there have been many Urdu poets but Mirza Ghalib ( 1797-1869 ) is universally regarded a shade above everyone else, so also there have been many ghazal and thumri singers in India and Pakistan ( Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hasan, Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz, Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Girja Devi, Shobha Gurtu, Noorjehan, Iqbal Bano, etc ) but Begum Akhtar ( 1914-74 ) stands a shade above everyone else.