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Iconic Indian classical singer Kishori Amonkar dies at 84


New Delhi  –   Iconic India’s finest classical vocalists, Kishori Amonkar, has died in Mumbai.

She was 84.

Amonkar, who mesmerided audiences with her skilful singing for decades, died on Monday night at her home in central Mumbai.

Domestic media, quoting her student, Gandhar Bedekar, reported Amonkar had died in her sleep.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described her passing away as an “irreparable loss” to Indian classical music.

Amonkar was recognized as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani traditional school of singing, and also won acclaim for creating her own distinctive style.

Amonkar received India’s top civilian honour, Padma Bhushan, in 1987, and Padma Vibhushan in 2002.

Tributes have poured in from musicians as well as India’s entertainment industry in Mumbai following news of her death.

“She was a unique and extraordinary classical singer.

Her demise spells a huge loss for the world of music,” legendary Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar said.

Her funeral was due to be held in Mumbai on Tuesday evening.

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