Celebs, Politicians And Fans Mourn The Death Of 'Queen Of Thumri' Girija Devi

| October 25 , 2017 , 16:02 IST

Known as the 'Queen of Thumri' and a legendary singer of the Banaras Gharana, Girija Devi passed away at the age of 88 years on Tuesday night at a city hospital in Kolkata after suffering a cardiac arrest. She is survived by her daughter and will be missed by her countless fans.

Fondly called Appa-ji, Girija Devi was admitted to the BM Birla Heart Research Centre in Kolkata on Tuesday afternoon due to cardiovascular ailments, but later had to be put on life support, family sources revealed.

“Girija Devi’s condition was quite critical when she was brought to the hospital. She was admitted to the CCU and was under constant watch. But she passed away around 8.45 p.m.,” a hospital spokesperson said.

The famous classical singer of the Seniya and Banaras Gharana was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972, the Padma Bhushan in 1989, and most recently the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.

Born in 1929 in Varanasi, Devi began taking singing lessons at the tender age of 5 and made her public debut in 1949 on the All India Radio Allahabad. Her father, a zamindar, also played the harmonium and taught music.

Soon after her death, famous musicians, politicians, celebrities and the general public, took to Twitter to condole the loss of the music legend.

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