Imagine the famous singer Kishori Amonkar is going to visit your
school. You have been asked to introduce her to the audience
before her performance. How would you introduce her?
Here is some information about Kishori Amonkar you can find on
Read the passage and make notes of the main points about:
• her parentage
• the school of
music she belongs to
• her achievements
• her inspiration
Padma Bhushan Kishori Amonkar, widely considered the finest
female vocalist of her generation, was born in 1931, daughter of
another great artist, Smt. Mogubai Kurdikar. In her early years
she absorbed the approach and repertoire of her distinguished
teacher Ustad Alladiya Khan. As her own style developed, however,
she moved away from Alladiya
style in some respects, and as a mature artist her approach is
usually regarded as an individual, if not unique, variant of the
Kishori Amonkar is a thinker, besotted by what she calls the
mysterious world of her raagas. She dissects them with
the precision of a perfectionist, almost like a scientist, until
the most subtle of shades and emotions emerge and re-emerge.
She is very much inspired by the teachings of the ancient Vedic
sages, written at a time when vocal music was highly devotional
in character. This soul searching quality of her music, coupled
with a very intellectual approach to raaga performance
has gained her quite a following in India and has helped to
revive the study of khayal.
Significant awards bestowed on this artist include the Sangeet
Natak Akademi Award (1985), the Padma Bhushan (1987), and the
highly coveted Sangeet Samradhini Award (considered one of the
most prestigious awards in Indian Classical Music) in 1997.
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