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R.K. Srikantan passes away

Ranjani Govind
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The doyen of Carnatic music, vocalist R.K. Srikantan, 94, passed away here on Monday.

“He passed away at Fortis Hospital at Seshadripuram at 9.30 p.m. after he was rushed there due to chest congestion earlier in the day,” said Srikantan’s son Kumar Srikantan. The funeral will take place on Tuesday.

On January 14, he turned 94. Unquestionably the senior-most performing musician of the State and undeniably a follower of chaste paddhati or tradition, Srikantan was blessed with a resonant voice that energetically boomed across concert halls all over the globe.

That he took up nearly 75 concerts and lec-dems even in 2013 made him the busiest nonagenarian musician.

Rudrapatna Krishna Sastry Srikantan was born on January 14, 1920, at Rudrapatna in Hassan district. He belonged to a Sanketi family steeped in music and Veda.

His father Krishna Sastry was a Sanskrit and Veda scholar, and elder brothers, R.K. Venkatrama Sastry, R.K. Narayanaswamy and R.K. Ramanathan, were performers.

He trained more than 500 students on AIR’s ‘Gaanavihaara’ music classes.

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