Vasundhara Komkali, well-known vocalist, dies at 85

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dewas
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2015 20:45 IST

Well-known vocalist and wife of eminent musician late Pandit Kumar Gandhrav, Vasundhara Komkali died at her residence in Dewas at about 2:30 pm on Wednesday. She was 85.

A veteran of the arts, Vasundhara Komkali was recognised with several awards, including one conferred by the Sangeet Natak Academy, and the prestigious Padmashri award.

Born in Jamshedpur, she shifted base to Kolkata to receive training in Indian classical singing before moving to Mumbai to continue her musical training under the guidance of Prof BR Deodhar.

Later, she became a disciple of Pandit Kumar Gandharv, her future husband. In 1963, after her marriage, she moved to Dewas, where she breathed her last on Wednesday. She is survived by her daughter Kalapini Komkali, who too is a vocalist.

The final rites will take place at 10 am on Thursday.

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