Mumbai, Oct 13: Legendary musician Annapurna Devi passed away at the age of 91 years in early morning on Saturday at Breach Candy hospital here following prolong illness, sources said.
Annapurna Devi, a Padma Bhushan awardee, was born in Madhya Pradesh in 1927 to Ustad 'Baba' Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum. World renowned maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was her sibling, spokesman of Annapurna Devi Foundation said. A disciple of her father, Ustad Akbar's inestimable contribution to Indian music resulted in the 'Senia-Maihar gharana'. At five, she started her career and completed her graduation in sitar playing.
She was married to sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and had a son, Shubhendra ‘Shubho’ Shankar, who passed away in 1992. In 1982, she married Rooshikumar Pandya, a management consultant. Pandya passed away in 2013.
Music director A.R. Rahman confined his tribute in two words on his Twitter message: RIP...respect.
She was an Indian surbahar player of Hindustani classical music. Her disciples were renowned musicians including Pradeep Hariprasad Chaurasiya, Nikhil Banjerjee and Ashish Khan. She was honoured Padma Bhushan Award in 1977, Sangeet Natak Academy Puraskar in 1991, Dissikottam Padvi in 1999 from Vishabhartai Vidyapeeth and Ratna Puraskar in 2004.
She remained a recluse for most of her life. Much of her time was dedicated to teaching a small but select group of students. Her precious asset was the large number of specially chosen disciples. Some of them 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). UNI