Kishori Amonkar was an Indian classical vocalist, belonging to the Jaipur gharana who passed away on 3 April 2017. Although she was known primarily for her skillful singing of classical khayal songs set in the traditional ragas of Hindustani music, she also performed the classical thumri repertoire, bhajans, and film music.
As a tribute to Kishori Amonkar, SouthWord. presents a short podcast series on the life and work of Kishori Amonkar as told by her student Gurinder Singh. Singh holds a doctorate in music from Delhi University and currently heads the Department of Music at Janaki Devi Memorial College. She was a disciple of Kishori Amonkar from the early 1980s and has performed at numerous concerts both in India and abroad.
The 10th of April marks what would have been Kishori Amonkar's 86th birthday. Dr Singh remembers her teacher fondly and tells us about Amonkar's early music training and musical philosophy.
In this episode, Gurinder Singh shares some of her first memories of being with Amonkar.