Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passed away in Mumbai on Monday night after a brief battle with illness. She was 84. The acclaimed singer breathed her last at her home in Central Mumbai.
Amonkar was born on April 10, 1932 and became as exponent of the Jaipur gharana over the years. Her mother Mogubai Kurdikar was a well-known vocalist herself. Amonkar trained under Alladiya Khan Saheb, who is also known as a master of the Jaipur gharana.
The Jaipur Gharana is a Khayal-based stylized singing family-hood (gharana), founded by Utd. Alladiya Khan (1855–1946) in the late 19th century.
Amonkar, who sang in the Jaipur gharana style with her quintessential Maharashtrian and Goan lehja, trained under her mother. She is known to have developed her own style in emphasising the emotional content of music.
Amonkar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1987 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2002. She also became a fellow of the Sangeet Natak Academi in 2010.
Condolence messages poured in on Twitter from eminent persons:
#KishoriAmonkar, a voice beyond compare. Her immense mastery will haunt a discerning ear for always. -Sg https://t.co/I3hYcL4yoe
— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) April 4, 2017
My heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of #kishoriamonkar– the doyen who took Indian classical music to Himalayan heights.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) April 4, 2017
#KishoriAmonkar ji no more. One of my biggest inspirations. Her voice and mellifluous gayaki has been a part of my life since childhood.
— Shreya Ghoshal (@shreyaghoshal) April 4, 2017
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of the great icon Smt. Kishori Amonkar. May her soul Rest in Peace #kishoriamonkar pic.twitter.com/KYPQrEbbfe
— Amjad Ali Khan (@AAKSarod) April 3, 2017
The works of Kishori Amonkar will always remain popular among people for years to come. https://t.co/iGFxmy8Mlj
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2017
Picture Courtesy: Sur Gyan