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Hindustani vocalist Madhav Gudi dead

Staff Correspondent



Pandit Madhav Gudi

DHARWAD: Veteran Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Madhav Gudi died here in the early hours of Friday after a brief illness at his residence. He was 70 and is survived by his musician-son Prasanna Gudi, mother, wife and three daughters.

Mr. Gudi had been suffering from liver-related complications for some time. The vocalist, who was undergoing treatment at Jupiter Hospital in umbai, was brought to his residence here last week and was being given treatment there.

He was admitted to a private hospital last week and was brought back home on Thursday night. He died at 2 a.m.. He was cremated at Hosayellapur crematorium here on Friday.

Mr. Gudi's death has come as a shock to music lovers, who were recovering from the grief following the death of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi three months ago.

Mr. Gudi was the most cherished disciple of the late Pt. Joshi and took part in several concerts with him both in India and abroad. He was jolted by the death of his mentor and continued to grieve his death, family members said.

Mr. Gudi was born in 1941 here into a family of Harikatha exponents.

He was introduced to music at a very early age and underwent initial training under Pandit Nageshrao Deshpande. Later, he went to join Pt. Bhimsen Joshi for further training as per the Guru-Shishya tradition, which lasted well over 26 years.

In his early 40s, he became a well-acclaimed artiste and had been developing his Gayaki on his own thinking. He was well-known for his unique style of singing that was built on the foundations of Kirana Gharana.

A top-grade All India Radio artist, Mr. Gudi has been honoured with several awards, including Karnataka State Sangeeta Nritya Akademi Award, Surashri, Gaana Bhaskar, Vidwan, Smt Vatsala Tai Joshi Award, Gaana Kala Tilaka, Yashavant Rao Chauhan Samata Gaurav Puraskar and others.

Hundreds of people, including MLA Seema Masuthi, actor Rajesh and others their last respects to Mr. Gudi.

Mourned

Gulbarga Special Correspondent reports:

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has mourned the death of Mr. Gudi. Talking to presspersons in Gulbarga, Mr Yeddyurappa said that the death of Pandit Gudi was a great loss to the world of music.

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