Iconic Indian classical vocalist Girija Devi passed away here on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest, hospital sources said. She was 88.
“She was brought in a critical condition on Tuesday afternoon. She passed away around 9 p.m.,” a BM Birla Heart Research Centre spokesperson told IANS.
Besides Padma Shri (1972) and Padma Bhushan (1989), the veteran was honoured with the Tansen Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1977).
Thumri Queen Girija Devi Passes Away At 88 Emotional tributes poured in from the Indian film industry, politicians and music fraternity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the demise of the iconic vocalist, saying Indian classical music has lost one of its most melodious voices.
“Girija Deviji’s music appealed across generations. Her pioneering efforts to popularise Indian classical music will always be remembered,” he added.
Singer Shubha Mudgala said her death was a “colossal loss for Indian music”.
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