ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Musical Polymath

Singer Girija Devi’s genius lay in her subtle understanding and varied treatment of each of the genres that she rendered.

Girija Devi, who passed away on 24 October at the age of 88, was without exaggeration one of India’s greatest Hindustani classical musicians. A complete master of the thumri form, Appaji, as she was called by those who knew her, performed till the very end of an active career that spanned more than six decades.

It is a matter of great sadness that in less than a year this country has lost two of its finest musicians: in April, Kishori Amonkar, who excelled at khayal, and now, Girija Devi, the thumri queen. Both were path-breaking in their own ways, maintaining the highest standards of artistic excellence while gaining popularity among a large cross-section of the Indian public, a rare combination.

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Updated On : 27th Nov, 2017
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