Kishori Amonkar

Kishori Amonkar is one of the most outstanding musical personalities of India, who is acclaimed today as one of the leading exponents of Jaipur Gharana. Born in 1932, this music genius from Goa has attained such mastery over her art that she can justifiably claim to be the sole heir to the exacting standards set by her predecessors - her illustrious mother, the septuagenarian vocalist Moghubai Kurikar, a distinguished disciple of the late Gayan Samrat Ustad Allahdiya Khan Saheb, and the formidable Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar. Kishori sings with utmost intensity and sincerity and believes in introspection and guidance from the ancient sages and seers. Kishori Amonkar has added new dimensions to the khayal singing with her aesthetic interpretation and the introduction of rasas through her beautiful cultivated voice. She is equally at ease with thumris, bhajans and ghazals. She, like her mother, was also honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1989. It is indeed a rare feat for a mother and daughter to get one of the highest National awards in the same field i.e. Hindustani Classical Music. She has also been honoured with the Presidential Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1985).