Saturday, October 13, 2018

A reclusive legend of Indian classical music is no more


One of the great reclusive legends of Indian classical music - Panditayen Annapurna Devi, daughter of the great Ustad Alauddin Khan, and first wife of Pandit Ravi Shankar - is no more. Annapurna Devi died in Mumbai today aged 91. The awards could never be a measure of her true position in the pantheon of Indian classical music. But perhaps an idea of her genius can be gathered from something Ustad Ali Akbar Khan once said: “Put Ravi Shankar, Pannalal (Ghosh) and me on one side and put Annapurna on the other. Yet, her side of the scale would be heavier”.

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1 comment:

Pliable said...

More on Panditayen Annapurna Devi here - https://www.overgrownpath.com/2018/10/it-should-have-been-musical-marriage.html