Kishori Amonkar, renowned Hindustani classical vocalist, passes away aged 84


Apr,04 2017 07:45:24 IST

Mumbai: Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passed away here late on Monday, 3 April 2017, after a brief illness. She was 84. The end came at her home in central Mumbai, family sources said.

Kishori Amonkar. Image courtesy YouTube

Kishori Amonkar. Image courtesy YouTube

Born on 10 April 1932, 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 the 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 reflects the influence of other gharanas and was generally regarded as an individual variant of the Jaipur tradition.

She cultivated a deep understanding of her art, largely through extensive study of the ancient texts on music. Amonkar was known primarily for her skillful singing of classical khayals set in the traditional ragas of Hindustani music, but also performed the lighter classical genres of thumri, bhajans and film music.

Regardless of musical genre, her performances were marked by vitality and grace. Throughout her career, however, Amonkar was both criticised and praised for her bending of the Jaipur tradition.

Amonkar was awarded the Padma Bhushan (1987) and Padma Vibhushan (2002). In 2010, she became a fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Updated Date: Apr 04, 2017 07:45 AM