New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the passing away of ace Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the demise of Kishori Amonkar is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music. He said, the works of Kishori Amonkar will always remain popular among people for years to come.
Music aficionados thronged the home of the renowned vocalist in central Mumbai on Tuesday to pay their tributes to her. She passed away last night after a brief illness. Amonkar’s body has been kept at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi area to enable people to pay their last respects. Family sources said, her mortal remains will be cremated at the Dadar crematorium on Tuesday evening.
Born on April 10, 1932 in Mumbai, Amonkar was recognised as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and as an innovative exponent of the Jaipur gharana. Amonkar’s mother was well-known vocalist Mogubai Kurdikar, who trained under Alladiya Khan Saheb, the doyen of the Jaipur gharana.
While learning the finer points and techniques of the Jaipur gharana from her mother, Amonkar also developed her own personal style, which reflected the influence of other gharanas and was generally regarded as an individual variant of the Jaipur tradition. She was known primarily for her skillful singing of classical khayal songs set in the traditional ragas of Hindustani music, but also performed the lighter classical thumri repertoire, bhajan, devotional songs and film music.
Besides being a renowned musician, Amonkar was a popular speaker. She travelled throughout India giving lectures, most notably on the theory of rasa (feelings, emotions) in music. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, she received many awards, including the Padma Bhushan (1987) and Padma Vibhushan (2002), two of India’s top civilian honours.