Girija Devi, one of India's foremost classical singers, who was also considered as queen of Thumri, breathed her last in Kolkata today.
Eminent classical singer Girija Devi has passed away at the age of 88 in Kolkata, hospital sources have revealed late evening. The singer, who followed the Seniya and Banaras Gharana, was honoured with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award last year. Girija Devi suffered a heart attack on Tuesday evening, after which she was was immediately rushed to the hospital, where she passed away. Born in Varanasi on May 8, 1929, she was one of the most well-known exponents of Thumri.
Girija Devi had first learnt the art of music from her father Ramdeo Rai and then later she took singing lessons from vocalist and sarangi player Sarju Prasad Misra. Popularly known as Appa ji, the singer first made her public debut on All India Radio Allahabad in the year 1949.Girija Devi had faced strict opposition from her grandmother and mother as it was traditionally believed that women from upper caste should not perform publicly. She also worked as a faculty member of ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata during 1980s and in Banaras Hindu University in early 1990s.
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