Kishori Amonkar, a doyen of Hindustani classical music, left the worldShe learnt vocal music from her illustrious mother Mogubai Kurdikar. Mogubai was the torch-bearer of Jaipur gharana during her time. She used to stick to the grammer of music. However, Kishori Amonkar did experimentation and tried to bring the characteristics of other gharanras in her vocal music. Some critics don't like the music of Kishori-ji during this particular reason. But due to her experimentation, Kishori Amonkar became immensely popular to most of the listeners of Hindustani vocal. She brought a sort of romanticism in Hindustani classical music which had been unknown before her arrival.
I was fortunate enough to listen to Kishori Amonkar in Calcutta during my youth. Athough my level of understanding of Hindustani music is next to zero, I was spell-bound by her voice and her rendition. I was simply mesmerised by her on that night in 1988. Later I heard that she used to treat 'raga's as living beings.
Kishori Amonkar has left the world on 4th April. Her golden voice has become silent.
I pray to God for the great departed soul!