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Kishori Amonkar

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Kishori Amonkar (किशोरी आमोणकर) (born April 10, 1931) is a noted Hindustani music performer who sings khyal in the Jaipur gharana style. She is the daughter of the another well-known vocalist, Smt. Mogubai Kurdikar, a distinguished disciple of the late Gayan Samrat Ustad Alladiya Khan Saheb and and Kesarbai Kerkar.

Kishori Amonkar of Goa was born on 10th April 1931 in Bombay (now, Mumbai) to parents Madhavdas Bhatiya and Mogubai Kurdikar. Traditionally, her family was oriented towards music. Kishori Amonkar’s early training in music began under her mother. She studied in Elphinstone College. She quickly imbibed the nuances of the difficult Jaipur-Atrauli gharana of music. Over the years, Kishori Amonkar has developed her own unique style emphasizing the emotional content of musical notes while still maintaining the rigor of the Jaipur gayaki (singing style).

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* Popularly known as “Gana Saraswati”, (translation: the Saraswati of Singing).
* Rare combination of being part of the mother-daughter pair to receive the Padma Vibhushan Award. Her mother won this award in 1989

Awards

* Padma Vibhushan (2002)
* Rashtrapati Award
* Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1985)
* Sangeet Samragni Award (Translation: Queen of Singing) (1997).

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