Bangalore: Renowned musician A. Subba Rao, 82, passed away early on Thursday. He is survived by three sons.
Mr. Rao had the title "Gana Sudhakara" conferred on him in 1959. He won various other awards, including the "Gana Kala Bhushana" award and the Music Academy award. In recognition of his contribution to the field of music, the State Government gave him the Rajyotsava Award in 1992. He was given the title "Rajya Sangeetha Vidwan" in 1997. He also served as Chairman of the Sangeeta Nritya Academy and was the founder of Gana Kala Parishath.
Mr. Rao was a disciple of Bidaram Krishnappa and Chikka Rama Rao. He came under the influence of the Kannada writer Aa Na Kru, who urged him to sing Kannada songs. It was then that he popularised Haridasa padas. He was also part of the Kannada Chaluvali movement.