Kishori Amonkar, renowned Indian classical vocalist, passed away today at the age of 84.
The celebrated legend is considered one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition. Amonkar trained under her mother, classical singer Mogubai Kurdikar of the Jaipur gharana. She is considered one of the pre-eminent representatives of Hindustani classical music.
Amonkar received the national awards 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.
Mrs Amonkar had spoken about her life and music, to a leading daily last year. She had said about her guru, her mother, “My mother wouldn’t talk about music. She would sing and I would repeat. I would copy her without asking her anything. Aai was so strict that she would sing the sthayi and antara only twice and not a third time. I had to get every contour of the piece in those two instances. That taught me concentration. The guru needs to be this good. You cannot have a guru who constantly wonders, ‘When will my student sit on the stage and do a programme? Will she go abroad?’ That person can be a teacher, not a guru.”