India mourns Girija Devi: ‘Her voice will live forever’
Bollywood celebs and politicians took to Twitter to pay homage to Girija Devi as the country mourned the loss of the eminent singer.music Updated: Oct 25, 2017 13:51 IST
Thumri exponent Girija Devi died on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Kolkata. She was 88 and is survived by her daughter. Bollywood celebs, chief ministers, political leaders and several others took to Twitter as the country mourned the loss of the eminent singer.
“She was brought in a critical condition on Tuesday afternoon. She passed away around 9 p.m.,” a BM Birla Heart Research Centre spokesperson told IANS. Besides Padma Shri (1972) and Padma Bhushan (1989), the veteran was honoured with the Tansen Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1977).
Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar mourned the demise of iconic vocalist, recalling her “good relationship” with the legend. “Mahan shastriya aur thumri gayika Girija Devi ji hamare bich nahi rahi ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Hamare unke bahut acche sambandh the. (I am deeply saddened at her demise. I had a very good relationship with her),” Mangeshkar tweeted.
Mahan shastriya aur thumri gayika Girija Devi ji hamare bich nahi rahi ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.Hamare unke bahut acche sambandh the. pic.twitter.com/QhrLH5mW2q— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) October 24, 2017
Girija Devi ji ek bahut acchi mahila thi. Main unko shraddhanjali arpan karti hun. ishwar unki aatma ko shanti pradan kare .— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) October 24, 2017
“Girija Devi ji ek bahut acchi mahila thi. Main unko shraddhanjali arpan karti hun. ishwar unki aatma ko shanti pradan kare (She was a very good human being. I pay my respects to her. May her soul rest in peace),” she said.
Lyricist Javed Akhtar, too, took to Twitter to express his grief. “Girija Devi was not only a great classical singer but a national treasurer . We are poorer with out her,” he wrote.
Girija Devi was not only a great classical sinner but a national treasurer . We are poorer with out her— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) October 24, 2017
Musician Shankar Mahadevan tweeted, “An era has come to an end .. our dearest Girija devi ji has moved on to the next dimension ... her voice will live on this planet forever !”
An era has come to an end .. our dearest Girija devi ji has moved on to the next dimension ... her voice will live on this planet forever ! pic.twitter.com/uaMLtRZaUa— Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live) October 24, 2017
“Colossal loss for Indian music. Girija Devi ji, Appaji to her family and followers, passes away. Irreparable loss,” singer Shubha Mudgal wrote.
Colossal loss for Indian music. Girija Devi ji, Appaji to her family and followers, passes away. Irreparable loss. pic.twitter.com/YHLjA6kcRZ— Shubha Mudgal (@smudgal) October 24, 2017
Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher and Masaan director Neeraj Ghaywan, among others, also tweeted about the singer’s demise.
Deeply saddened at the demise of eminent classical singer Girija Devi.Thumri lovers like me shall mourn her forever. #RestInPeaceGirijaDevi— Prosenjit Chatterjee (@prosenjitbumba) October 24, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and Menaka Gandhi also tweeted about the singer’s death.
Saddened by demise of Girija Devi ji. Indian classical music has lost one of its most melodious voices. My thoughts are with her admirers.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 24, 2017
Girija Devi ji's music appealed across generations. Her pioneering efforts to popularise Indian classical music will always be remembered.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 24, 2017
Sad to hear of demise of classical singer and Queen of Thumri Girija Devi. Our cultural heritage has been left poorer #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 25, 2017
Deeply saddened by the passing away of the legendary Girija Devi.— Manoj Sinha (@manojsinhabjp) October 25, 2017
Girija Devi's death is a great loss to the music world. We were honoured to confer her with Banga Bibhushan in 2015— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) October 24, 2017
A legendary singer of the “Benaras gharana” had received Padma Shri in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016. Born in a zamindar family at a village near Banaras on May 8, 1929, music was a part of Girija Devi’s life from a very early age
(With IANS inputs)
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First Published: Oct 25, 2017 13:51 IST