04 Apr 2017 16:40 IST

Hindustani music legend Kishori Amonkar paases away

She was recognised as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition

Music aficionados thronged the home of Kishori Amonkar in central Mumbai today to pay their tributes to the renowned Hindustani classical vocalist, who passed away here last night.

The body of the 84-year-old vocalist will be cremated at the Dadar crematorium this evening, family sources said.

Paying his tributes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the demise of Kishori Amonkar is an irreparable loss to the Indian classical music. “Deeply pained by her demise. May her soul rest in peace. The works of Kishori Amonkar will always remain popular among people for years to come,” Modi tweeted.

Amonkar’s body has been kept at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi area to enable people to pay their last respects.

Born on April 10, 1932 in Mumbai, Amonkar was recognised as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and as an innovative exponent of the Jaipur gharana.

Amonkar’s mother was well-known vocalist Mogubai Kurdikar, who trained under Alladiya Khan Saheb, the doyen of the Jaipur gharana.

While learning the finer points and techniques of the Jaipur gharana from her mother, Amonkar also developed her own personal style, which reflected the influence of other gharanas and was generally regarded as 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 skillful singing of classical khayal songs set in the traditional ragas of Hindustani music, but also performed the lighter classical thumri repertoire, bhajan, devotional songs and film music.

Regardless of musical genre, her performances were marked by vitality and grace.

As she prioritised the expression of emotion in her music, she frequently departed from the gharana’s conventions of rhythm, ornamentation and broader musical structure in order to intensify the impact of the music.

Besides being a renowned musician, Amonkar was a popular speaker. She travelled throughout India giving lectures, most notably on the theory of rasa (feelings, emotions) in music.

In recognition of her contribution to the arts, 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.