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Legendary Classical Musician Annapurna Devi Passed Away In Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital At 92

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| October 13 , 2018 , 12:57 IST

Legendary Indian classical musician Annapurna Devi died at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai during the early hours of Saturday. According to the hospital officials, Annapurna was declared dead at 3:51 am. She was suffering from age-related issues for the past few years.

The 92-year-old legendary musician received the Padma Bhushan award and was popularly addressed as ‘Ma’. She was born in Madhya Pradesh’s Maihar town to Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum and was the youngest of four children. World-renowned maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, was her sibling, the spokesperson added.

Annapurna Devi was a disciple of her father whose inestimable contribution to Indian music resulted in the Senia-Maihar Gharana. Her training started early when she was around five years old and she graduated from the sitar to her chosen instrument, the surbahar.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was one of the first politicians to greet her death.

She was married to sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and had a son, Shubhendra 'Shubho' Shankar, who passed away in 1992. She later married Rooshikumar Pandya, a management consultant, who passed away in 2013.

She also contributed to music by teaching small groups of students. Some of her students include Aashish Khan (sarod), Amit Bhattacharya (sarod), Bahadur Khan (sarod), Basant Kabra (sarod), Hariprasad Chaurasia (bansuri), Jotin Bhattacharya (sarod), Nikhil Banerjee (sitar), Nityanand Haldipur (bansuri), Peter Klatt (sitar), Pradeep Barot (sarod), Sandhya Phadke (sitar), Saswatti Saha (sitar), Sudhir Phadke (sitar), Suresh Vyas (sarod), the spokesperson said.