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13 Oct 2018

Legendary Hindustani classical musician Annapurna Devi Passes away at 92

Renowned Hindustani classical musician Annapurna Devi dead

Annapurna Devi, the doyenne of classical Hindustani music, died at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai early Saturday.

The 92-year-old musician was suffering from age-related issues for the past few years, a spokesperson of Annapurna Devi Foundation, Mumbai said.

'Ma', as she was popularly addressed, was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan award.

She was declared dead at 3:51 am, hospital officials said.

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Renowned Hindustani classical musician Annapurna Devi dead
Devi's father known for inestimable contribution to Indian music

Family background

Devi's father known for inestimable contribution to Indian music

The youngest of four children, Annapurna Devi was born in Madhya Pradesh's Maihar town to Ustad 'Baba' Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum.

World-renowned maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, was her sibling, the spokesperson said.

Annapurna Devi was a disciple of her father, whose inestimable contribution to Indian music resulted in the Senia-Maihar Gharana.

Her training started early when she was around five years old.

Marriage

Devi was married to sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar

The legendary musician remained a recluse for most of her life. Much of her time was dedicated to teaching a small but select group of students.

Devi was married to sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and had a son, Shubhendra 'Shubho' Shankar, who passed away in 1992.

In 1982, she married Rooshikumar Pandya, a management consultant. Pandya passed away in 2013.

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Select students of Annapurna Devi

Devi's students include Aashish Khan (sarod), Amit Bhattacharya (sarod), Bahadur Khan (sarod), Basant Kabra (sarod), Jotin Bhattacharya (sarod), Nikhil Banerjee (sitar), Nityanand Haldipur (bansuri), Peter Klatt (sitar), Pradeep Barot (sarod), Sandhya Phadke (sitar), Saswatti Saha (sitar), Sudhir Phadke (sitar), Suresh Vyas (sarod), the spokesperson said.

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