Thumri Queen, Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi passes away at 88: Last rites to be conducted in Varanasi

Eminent classical singer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi passed away at a city hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday night following a cardiac arrest, hospital sources said.

FP Staff October 25, 2017 07:57:49 IST

Eminent classical singer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi passed away at a city hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday night following a cardiac arrest, hospital sources said. She was 88 and survived by a daughter.

Considered as the queen of Thumri and fondly called Appa ji, Girija Devi was taken to the city's BM Birla Heart Research Centre on Tuesday afternoon with cardiovascular ailments, She was put on life support, her family sources said.

The Times of India reported that last rites will be conducted in Varanasi, where she was born in 1929.

"Girija Devi's condition was quite critical when she was brought to the hospital. She was admitted to the CCU and was under constant watch. But she passed away at around 8.45 pm," hospital spokesperson told PTI.

Thumri Queen Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi passes away at 88 Last rites to be conducted in Varanasi

A file image of Girija Devi. Twitter/@airnewsalerts

Speaking to The Times of India, noted Sarod player and Yash Bharati recipient Pt. Vikash Maharaj said, "It is an irreparable loss to Indian music and Banaras Gharana of music. She was a guiding figure for us. She was ailing for some time, and admitted to BM Birla Hospital in Kolkata in the morning. She left for the heavenly abode in the evening."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled her death, saying the singer's music appealed across generations and her pioneering efforts to popularise Indian classical music would always be remembered.

"Saddened by demise of Girija Devi ji. Indian classical music has lost one of its most melodious voices. My thoughts are with her admirers," he tweeted.

A legendary singer of the "Benaras gharana" had received Padma Shri in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.

Born in a zamindar family at a village near Banaras on May 8, 1929, music was a part of Girija Devi's life from a very early age.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

The Simpsons bring back Mrs Krabappel in 969th episode as tribute to late Marcia Wallace
Entertainment

The Simpsons bring back Mrs Krabappel in 969th episode as tribute to late Marcia Wallace

The Simpsons' 969th episode features #MarciaWallace's voice as Mrs Krabappel taken from previous instalments of the show.

Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush, Akshay Kumar's AtrangiRe, directed by Aanand L Rai, to release in theatres on 6 August
Entertainment

Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush, Akshay Kumar's AtrangiRe, directed by Aanand L Rai, to release in theatres on 6 August

AtrangiRe, which reunites Dhanush and Aanand L Rai after their 2013 critical hit Raanjhanaa, will feature Akshay Kumar in a "special role."

Ranveer Singh, Kabir Khan's cricket drama 83 will release in theatres on 4 June
Entertainment

Ranveer Singh, Kabir Khan's cricket drama 83 will release in theatres on 4 June

Ranveer Singh announced that 83 would simultaneously release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.