Indian classical singing legend Kishori Amonkar passes away at 84

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Dhaka : Renowned Indian classical singer Kishori Amonkar passed away shortly before midnight, family sources said here on Tuesday.

She was 84 and breathed her last at her Mumbai home.

In her singing career spanning seven decades, she was revered as ‘Gaan-Saraswati’. Belonging to the Jaipur Gharana, she was conferred the Padma Vibhushan and Sahitya Akademi Award among many others.

A widow, she is survived by two sons and grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday evening at Shivaji Park Crematorium.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death.

“Demise of Kishori Amonkar is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music. Deeply pained by her demise. May her soul rest in peace,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

He also shared the film “Bhinna Shadja” that is based on the unparalleled contributions of Amonkar.

“The works of Kishori Amonkar will always remain popular among people for years to come,” Modi said.

Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar said she was deeply pained to hear about Amonkar’s demise. “She was a unique and extraordinary classical singer. Her demise spells a huge loss for the world of music.”

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