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Legislators recall their association with her

Ministers and MLCs leaving the Council Hall in Bangalore on Tuesday after the Legislative Council adjourned following Gangubai Hangal’s death.

Ministers and MLCs leaving the Council Hall in Bangalore on Tuesday after the Legislative Council adjourned following Gangubai Hangal’s death.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: V Sreenivasa Murthy

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Legislative Council members, cutting across party affiliations, on Tuesday recalled their association with legendary musician Gangubai Hangal who was also a member of the Council for six years from 1990.

While paying rich tribute to the departed singer, Chairman of Legislative Council Viranna Mattikatti, who had called on the ailing singer about 15 days ago, said that during the visit she had stressed the need for patronage in music while remarking that “music crosses the barriers of caste, religion and geography”. Dr. Acharya recalled that she was a “very soft-spoken” member of the House despite her legendary achievements.

Congress member V.R. Sudarshan suggested that Deshpandenagar in Dharwad, where she lived all her life, should be renamed “Gangubai Hangal Nagar” while Bharatiya Janata Party member “Mukhyamantri” Chandru mooted the idea of introducing a lesson on the lives of great musicians such as Gangubai in school textbooks.

The members observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to Gangubai, and the House was adjourned for the day. Members of the Legislative Assembly urged the Centre to honour renowned Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hanagal with the country’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna posthumously. Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah said she had all the qualifications to be honoured with the Bharat Ratna.

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