Kishori Amonkar Passes Away at 84: Fondly called as Tai, she was foremost Hindustani classical vocalist

Nithya Nair
Born on April 10, 1932, Kishori Amonkar received music lessons at a very young age from her mother.

Popular classical vocalists Kishori Amonkar passed away at the age on Monday. One of the eminent singers in Hindustani music, Amonkar breathed her last in her Mumbai residence at the age of 84. Born on April 10, 1932, the ace singer received music lessons at a very young age. Her song for 1964 movie Geet Gaya Patharon Ne was quite famous. She also sang got the Hindi film Drishti in 1990. She lost her voice for two years in the 1950s but later came back to light. Being the innovator of Jaipur gharana she was most praised and criticised for pushing the limits of the tradition.

Kishori Amonkar was married to Ravindra Amonkar, who passed away in the early 1980s. The couple had two sons. For her contribution towards music, she received two national awards. Amonkar received the Padma Bhushan in 19867 and Padma Vibhushan in 2002. She was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1985 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for 2009. She was also bestowed with the prestigious Dr. T. M. A. Pai Outstanding Konkani Award in 1991. Amonkar learned music from her mother, Mogubai Kurdikar who was also a classical singer.

Twitter has been abuzz with condolences to the late classical singer. Messages poured in on social media praising the legend’s earlier works. A twitter user wrote, “A conscious move to listen to other Hindustani vocalists – moved Kishori Amonkar’s folder into my hard drive. No Kishoritai for this year.” While another Twitterati wrote, “Gansaraswati Kishoritai Amonkar passed away. Indian Classical music has lost its mother. She personified Values, pride, and class. RIP”