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इंडियन आवाज़     22 Mar 2019 08:18:44      انڈین آواز
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Renowned Hindustani classical musician Annapurna Devi dead

Annapurna Devi

AMN

Renowned Hindustani musician Annapurna Devi passed away at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai today. She was 91.

According to hospital officials, the legendary singer breathed her last at 3.51 am. She was suffering from age-related issues for the last few years.

Annapurna Devi was an Indian Surbahar player of Hindustani classical music and she was the daughter and disciple of Allauddin Khan.

She was married to sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar.

A Padma Bhushan awardee, Annapurna Devi was born in Madhya Pradesh’s Maihar town to Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum. She was the youngest of four children, the spokesperson said.

World renowned maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, was her sibling, the spokesperson added.
Annapurna Devi was a disciple of her father whose inestimable contribution to Indian music resulted in the Senia-Maihar gharana. Her training started early when she was around five years old and she graduated from the sitar to her chosen instrument, the surbahar.
President Ram Nath Kovind said her life will always serve as a poignant inspiration for women artistes.

Sorry to hear of the passing of classical musician and surbahar exponent Annapurna Devi. A legatee of her father and guru Baba Allaudin Khan, she was a rare talent and a generous teacher. Her life will always serve as a poignant inspiration for women artistes #PresidentKovind.

 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was one of the first politicians to condole her death.

Saddened at the passing away of Annapurna Devi, the founder of Maihar Gharana. My condolences to her family and admirers

She was married to sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and had a son, Shubhendra ‘Shubho’ Shankar, who passed away in 1992. She later married Rooshikumar Pandya, a management consultant, who passed away in 2013.

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