7 facts about Kishori Amonkar that highlight her personality

“I never play to the gallery. The audience cannot disturb the loneliness of an artiste,” once said, Kishori Amonkar.

Kishori Amonkar passed away at the age of 84 on Monday night just one week before her 85th birthday. She lived in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. According to reports, she died in her sleep. Here are a few facts about Kishori Amonkar that carve out the person she was:

1. Born on 10th April 1932 in Mumbai, Kishori Amonkar was known for Hindustani classical music. She had two siblings. Her father died when she was six years old and this she was raised single-handedly by her mother Mogubai Kurdikar.

2. She was married to Ravindra Amonkar. Ravindra Amonkar was a school-teacher who passed away in 1992. The couple has two sons.

3. Amonkar is the founder of the Jaipur’s Gharana, a very famous group of musicians with different style. She was the lead singer of Jaipur’s Atrauli- Gharana.

4. She was trained under Anjanibai Malpekar of the Bhendi Bazar Gharana of Mumbai and her mother Mogubai Kurdikar, who herself was trained by Alladiya Khan Saheb, a famous musician of the Jaipur Gharana.

5. Kishori Amonkar has received Amonkar has received several of India’s national awards and civilian honours, including the Padma Bhushan, in 1987, and Padma Vibhushan in 2002.[ She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1985 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for 2009. She was awarded the prestigious Dr. T. M. A. Pai Outstanding Konkani Award in 1991. In 2016, she was one of seven recipients of the M.S. Subbulakshmi Award for classical music.

6. A documentary titled Bhinna Shadja was made on her life, directed by Amol Palekar and Sandhya Gokhale.

7. Amonkar was also accused of transcending the classical schools of music and developing her own style. But this fact can be attributed to an illness that affected her ability to sing.

Ustad Zakhir Hussain once said, referring to her performance of various ragas such as Raga Bhoop, “”… landmark performances that take place over hundreds of years and you will talk about them for the rest of your life and rest of the many centuries to come.”

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Heer Khant
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