Hindustani Classical Musician Annapurna Devi Passes Away At 91

MUMBAI: Padma Bhushan Annapurna Devi passed away at 3:51 am on Saturday, October 13 in Mumbai. She was recognized as a prominent figure of Hindustani classical music.

She was suffering from age related issues for the past few years, a spokesperson of Annapurna Devi Foundation, Mumbai said.

Born in Maihar town in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh in 1927, Devi was trained by her father, Ustad Allauddin Khan. “She remained a recluse for most of her life – much of her time was dedicated to teaching a small though select group of students”, a press release by the Annapurna Devi Foundation said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offered her condolences to Devi’s family and admirers. “Saddened at the passing away of Annapurna Devi, the founder of Maihar Gharana”, she tweeted. “My condolences to her family and admirers.”

Annapurna Devi’s real name was Roshanara Khan. She was born in a Muslim family. Annapurna Devi was a famous Indian souvenir player of Hindustani classical music. She was given this name by Maharaja Brajnatha Singh of the former Maihar Estate. Since then, Roshanara has got recognition from the name of Annapurna in the world of music.

Annapurna Devi was married to renowned musician Pandit Ravi Shankar and had a son with him called Shubhendra Shankar, who passed away in 1992. She later married Rooshikumar Pandya, a management consultant, who passed away in 2013.

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