The Benaras Gharana is influenced by the folk tradition of the areas adjoining U.P.
It is Khayal oriented. Musical ornamentation is used to highlight the words. It is equated to the Bol banav Thumri, which creates certain moods through combinations of words and melody. Laggi Chanti is played towards the end of the Thumri rendition. Restraint in rendering is a feature of this style and the talas used are mainly Dadra, Deepchandi, and Addha. Ada is not included.
The Peerless & Illustrious
Maujuddin Khan, Badi Moti Bai, Rasoolan Bai, Siddeshwari Devi and Mahadev Mishra.