Renowned classical singer Kishori Amonkar dies; PM, Bollywood condole

Renowned classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passed away last night (April 3) at her residence in Dadar West, Mumbai, after a brief illness. She was 84 and died days ahead of her 85th birthday on April 10. She is survived by two sons and grandchildren. Her husband Ravindra Amonkar had died in 1992.

Kishori Amonkar trained under Alladiya Khan Saheb of the Jaipur gharana and was revered as 'Gaan-Saraswati'. She has been conferred the Padma Bhushan in 1987 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2002, and was recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award among many others. She has also lent her vocals to the title song of V. Shantaram’s 1964 film ‘Geet Gaya Patharon Ne’ and also sang for Govind Nihalani’s ‘Drishti’ in 1990.

Kishori Amonkar’s mortal remains will be consigned to flames on Tuesday afternoon at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park Crematorium.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Bollywood celebrities expressed their condolences on the legendary singer’s demise.

PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “Demise of Kishori Amonkar is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music. Deeply pained by her demise. May her soul rest in peace.” 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.”       

Legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar tweeted, “Mujhe abhi abhi pata chala ki mahan shastriya gayika Kishori amonkar ji ka swargwas hua, ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Wo ek asaadharan gayika thi. Unke jaane se shastriya sangeet jagat ki bahut haani hui hai. Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de (It was saddening to know that renowned classical singer Kishori Amonkar passed away. She was a special singer. It has It has been a major loss to classical music. May her soul rest in peace).”

Shabana Azmi wrote, “What a loss...Have been her ardent fan and consider myself fortunate to have lived in a time I could hear Kishori Amonkar sing.”

“One of the greatest singer performer of classical has left this world for her heavenly abode. An institution of music. RIP Kishori Amonkar,” tweeted singer Kailash Kher, while singer-composer Vishal Dadlani wrote, “RIP the legendary Kishori Amonkarji. The world of music, dims without her light.”

Singer-composer Salim Merchant tweeted, “Kishori Amonkarji has departed...Her music is immortal and will continue to influence generations. She is our Bharat Ratna! Will miss her.”

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar posted, “Sad to know the demise of #kishoriAmonkar doyen of Indian classical singer,her music will remain immortal through her songs. #OmShanti.”

Ashoke Pandit wrote, “Sad to know that Kishori Amonkarji is no more. An institution by herself. The world of music will miss her. Respects. RIP.”