KISHORI Amonkar’s demise irreparable loss to classical music: PM Modi

April 4th, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
KISHORI Amonkar’s demise irreparable loss to classical music: PM Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday offered his condolences on the passing away of renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar saying her demise is an irreparable loss to the Indian classical music. Posting a YouTube link of a film dedicated to the late singer, the Prime Minister tweeted, “The works of Kishori Amonkar will always remain popular among people for years to come.”

“Demise of Kishori Amonkar is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music. Deeply pained by her demise. May her soul rest in peace,” he tweeted. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao in their condolence messages called Amonkar a doyen of classical music. Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passed away in Mumbai after a brief illness. She was 84.She breathed her last at her central Mumbai’s residence, family sources said. Amonkar was recognised as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and as an innovative exponent of the Jaipur Gharana. A Gharana is a community of musicians sharing a distinctive musical style.Amonkar’s mother was the well-known vocalist Mogubai Kurdikar  who trained under Alladiya Khan Saheb, the doyen of the Jaipur gharana.

After learning the finer points and techniques of the Jaipur Gharana from her mother, Amonkar developed her own personal style   reflecting the influence of other Gharanas and was considered  an individual variant of the Jaipur tradition. Amonkar cultivated a deep understanding of her art, largely through extensive study of the ancient texts on music, and her repertoire was grand in its sweep.She was known primarily for her skilful singing of classical khayal songs set in the traditional ragas of Hindustani music, but also performed the lighter classical Thumri repertoire, Bhajan other  devotional songs and film music. Her performances were marked by vitality and grace.

But sticklers praised for her tweaking the tradition of the Jaipur Gharana.She frequently departed from the Gharana’s conventions of rhythm, ornamentation, and broader musical structure in order to intensify the impact of the music, they added. She aimed to infuse the emotional appeal of the more popular styles into the comparatively rigid classical tradition. Besides being a renowned musician, Amonkar was a popular speaker and travelled throughout India giving lectures, most notably on the theory of rasa -feelings, emotions- in music.

She received many awards, including the Padma Bhushan (1987) and Padma Vibhushan (2002), two of India’s top civilian honours. In 2010, she became a fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the national academy of music, arts, and dance.

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