Mumbai, October 13 (newsin.asia): The renowned Hindustani classical musician, Guru and Sitar and Subahar player Annapoorna Devi passed away at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on Saturday at the age of 91, NDTV reports.
Hospital officials say she had been suffering from various issues related to her advanced age.
Daughter of the Sarod maestro, Ustad Allauddin Khan, Annapoorna was born on Apr 23, 1927 in Maihar and became a renowned player of the surbahar, or the bass sitar.
She was trained at home by her father Ustad Alauddin Khan, who had established the Senia-Maihar gharana, a school of Hindustani classical music.
1941 to 1962, Devi was married to famous Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar. The two had a son, Shubhendra Shankar, who died in 1992. She rarely gave public performances after her divorce.
In 1982 Devi married management consultant Rooshikumar Pandya. Pandya passed away in 2013.
Sarod players Aashish Khan, Amit Bhattacharya, Bahadur Khan, Basant Kabra and bansuri (flute) player Hariprasad Chaurasia were all students of Devi.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerji tweeted: “Saddened at the passing away of Annapurna Devi, the founder of Maihar Gharana. My condolences to her family and admirers.”