Padma Vibhushan classical singer Kishori Amonkar passed away at the age of 84 at her residence in Mumbai on Monday evening. Sources said that Amonkar had been ailing for a while.
Amonkar studied at Elphinstone College in Mumbai and studied music under her mother's tutelage. Tutored in the Jaipur gharana, she sang with a unique Maharashtrian and Goan flavour to her voice. Known to have acquired her own style in emphasising the emotional content of music, Amonkar had imbibed the nuances of the much-feared Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.
Born on 10 April 1932, Amonkar was renowned as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and as an innovative promoter of the Jaipur gharana.
She was honoured with many awards in her lifetime - including the Rashtrapati Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Sangeet Samragni Award, among others.
Bharat Ratna awardee Lata Mangeshkar tweeted her condolence, “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... (I have just heard that the legendary classical singer Kishori Amonkarji has passed away. I am saddened. She was a phenomenal singer. Her passing is a big loss to music).”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep pain at Amonkar's death as well.