Thumri queen Girija Devi passes away

by Frankie Norman October 27, 2017, 0:09
Thumri queen Girija Devi passes away

"Queen of Thumri" and eminent classical singer Girija Devi passed away on Tuesday night at a Kolkata hospital following a cardiac arrest. Girija Devi ji's music appealed across generations. Indian classical music has lost one of its most melodious voices. She was taken to the city's BM Birla Heart Research Centre in the morning following the complaints of chest pain. Girija's condition was severely critical, and was admitted to the CCU, but after the best efforts of the doctors, she died around 8:45 p.m, a spokesperson from the hospital confirmed. The talented Thumri songstress made her public debut in 1949 on All India Radio Allahabad.

The demise of noted vocalist Girija Devi will create a deep void in Indian classical music, her associates and admirers said.

An exponent of Thumri, Tappa, Chaiti, Kajri, Hori, Tarana, Sadra and other forms of Hindustani classical music, Girija Devi was groomed in the tradition of the Benaras and Seniya gharanas. She was conferred with all three Padma awards, and was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 2016. "We are poorer with out her". I know she will fill with music where ever she is. The chief minister expressed his condolences on the demise of the Thumri queen and said the singer had helped in elevating the profile of Thumri during her lifetime. Girija Devi use to tie me a Rakhi (the bond of protection which celebrates the relationship between brothers, cousins and sisters).


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