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Renowned Classical Singer Prabha Atre Passes Away at 92
Renowned classical singer and Padma Vibhushan recipient Dr. Prabha Atre passed away on January 13 at the age of 92. Atre, a torch-bearer of the Kirana Gharana of Hindustani classical music, had been honoured with all three Padma awards by the Indian Government.
Atre suffered a cardiac arrest during her sleep at her residence in Pune. She was rushed to Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital, where she was declared dead at 5:30 am.
Since some of the close family members of Atre live abroad, her funeral will be performed once they arrive. She was supposed to leave for Mumbai on Jan. 13 to perform in the “Swarprabha” programme.
Born on September 13, 1932, Atre was known for her multi-faceted personality. Besides being a classical vocalist, she also excelled as an academician, researcher, composer, and author. A science and law graduate, she had a doctorate in music.
Recognition and Awards
She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the nation’s second-highest civilian honour, in January 2022. She was earlier honoured with the Padma Shri award in 1990 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.
Legacy and Musical Genres
Atre was adept at different musical genres, including khyaal, tarana, thumri, dadra, ghazal, and bhajan.
Loss to Indian Classical Music
With her demise, Indian classical music has lost two legends within a week as Ustad Rashid Khan passed away on Tuesday in Kolkata following his battle with cancer.
In summary, Prabha Atre was a legendary figure in the world of Hindustani classical music, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and influence future generations.