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Kishori Amonkar's demise is huge loss to Hindustani classical music: Lata Mangeshkar

News Agencies | Updated on: 4 April 2017, 14:11 IST

The Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, expressed her grief over the demise of legendary Hindustani classical singer Kishori Amonkar.

She took to Twitter to post, "Mujhe abhi abhi pata chala ki mahan shastriya gayika Kishori amonkar ji ka swargwas hua,ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.Wo ek asaadharan gayika thi.Unke jaane se shastriya sangeet jagat ki bahut haani hui hai.Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de. ? (I just got to know that famous singer Kishori Amonkar is no more with us. I feel really bad. She was an extremely talented singer. Her demise is a huge loss to the Hindustani classical music. May God bless her soul)"

Padma Vibhushan- award winner Amonkar passed away last night, at the age of 84 at her residence in Mumbai, one week before her 85th birthday.
Many other singers and celebrities like Shreya Ghoshal, Shabana Azmi and others too tweeted their thoughts on this huge loss to the world of music.

"What a loss Hve been her ardent fan n consider myself fortunate 2 hve lived in a time I cud here Kishori Amonkar sing," wrote Shabana Azmi.

"RIP #kishoriamonkar Ji ... Say hello to our Guruji #ustadniyazahmedkhan .. please tell him I miss him..," wrote Shekhar Ravjiani.

Kailash Kher posted, "One of the greatest singer performer of classical has left this world for her heavenly abode. An institution of music. #RIPKishoriAmonkar."

"We will miss u forever..thank you for touching our souls.. #KishoriAmonkar.." wrote Falguni Pathak.

"RIP #KishoriAmonkar ji... yet another jewel lost" tweeted Daler Mehndi.

"Truly shocking ..The Indian Music has lost one of the greatest singer of the century..At a loss for words.#Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar RIP," tweeted Roop Sunali Rathod.

Born in Mumbai in 1932, Amonkar was considered one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and an innovator of the Jaipur gharana.
She received a plethora of awards, including the Padma Bhushan in 1987 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2002.

Amonkar was a performer of the classical genres khyal, thumri and bhajan.

Trained under her mother, classical singer Mogubai Kurdikar of the Jaipur gharana, Amonkar experimented with a variety of vocal styles in her career.

In the early 1940s, young Kishori began to receive vocal lessons in Hindustani classical music from Anjanibai Malpekar, of the Bhendi Bazar Gharana, and later received training from tutors of several gharanas like Anwar Hussain Khan, of Agra Gharana, Sharadchandra Arolkar, of Gwalior Gharana. and Balkrishnabuwa Parwatkar.

Amonkar even did playback for 1964 movie 'Geet Gaya Patharon Ne' and lent voice for the soundtrack of 1990 film 'Drishti.'

However, she reportedly returned to classical music because of her unpleasant experiences with the film industry.

It is also said that this decision was motivated by her mother's disapproval, who allegedly, told her that she would be forbidden from accompanying the latter, if she continued to work in the film industry.

Kishori Amonkar was married to Ravindra Amonkar, a school teacher, who died in 1992 and has two sons together.


First published: 4 April 2017, 14:08 IST