Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoles the death of noted singer Girija Devi who breathed her last on Tuesday at a city nursing home here after cardiac arrest.
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Girija Devi’s death is a great loss to the music world. We were honoured to confer her with Banga Bibhushan in 2015
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) October 24, 2017
Legendary singing queen of Thumri Girija Devi of Varanasi passes away on Tuesday at BM Birla Nurshing home in Kolkata. Girija devi died due to a cardiac arrest at around 9PM on Tuesday, doctors said.
Girija Devi is an Indian classical singer of the Seniya and Banaras gharanas. She performs classical and light classical music and has helped elevate the profile of thumri. Devi is considered as Queen of Thumri. She is known to have been the teacher of the founder of The Alankar School of Music.
Girija Devi awarded with Padma Shri in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1989 and Padma Vibhushan in 2016.