Renowned Classical Maestro Dr. Prabha Atre Passes Away at 92
Renowned Classical Maestro Dr. Prabha Atre Passes Away at 92

Iconic classical singer, Dr. Prabha Atre, a leading figure in the Kirana Gharana, breathed her last at 92 due to a sudden cardiac arrest at her home. The news of her passing saddened many as she was not only a distinguished vocalist but also a recipient of the prestigious Padma Vibhushan. Atre's contribution to Hindustani classical music was immense, making her a torchbearer of the Kirana Gharana.

The veteran singer suffered a cardiac arrest while asleep at her residence, and despite being rushed to Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital, she was pronounced dead at 5:30 am. Her funeral arrangements are on hold until some close family members, residing abroad, can be present. Tragically, Atre's demise came just before she was set to perform at the "Swarprabha" program in Mumbai.

Born on September 13, 1932, Prabha Atre was more than just a vocalist; she was a versatile personality, excelling as an academician, researcher, composer, and author. Holding degrees in science and law, she earned a doctorate in music, showcasing her diverse talents. Recognizing her exceptional contributions, the Indian government bestowed upon her all three Padma awards. She received the Padma Vibhushan in January 2022, following earlier accolades with the Padma Shri in 1990 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.

Known for her mastery in various musical genres such as khyaal, tarana, thumri, dadra, ghazal, and bhajan, Prabha Atre's legacy extends far beyond her time. Her passing marks another loss for Indian classical music, coming just days after the demise of Ustad Rashid Khan, who succumbed to cancer in Kolkata. The back-to-back losses have left the music community mourning the departure of two legends within a week.

Prabha Atre's brilliance in the realm of music garnered widespread recognition, with a cascade of prestigious awards underscoring her unparalleled contributions. The trio of honors – Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan – adorned her illustrious career, serving as tangible testaments to the profound impact she made on Indian classical music.

Initiating the accolades was the Padma Shri in 1990, a significant milestone that heralded the acknowledgment of her musical prowess. This was succeeded by the Padma Bhushan in 2002, followed by the crowning achievement of the Padma Vibhushan in 2019. These distinctions not only celebrated Atre's outstanding dedication but also underscored the magnitude of her influence on India's rich cultural heritage.

While we lament the departure of this musical luminary, Prabha Atre's legacy is destined to persist through the timeless melodies she crafted and the countless musicians she inspired. The void left by her passing is profound, yet her enduring contributions will resonate in the hearts of those who cherish the beauty and depth of Indian classical music.

Music Maestro Rashid Khan Succumbs to Cancer After Treatment in Kolkata

KJ Yesudas: Melodious Maestro Whose Voice Resonates Through Time - Happy Birthday

Join NewsTrack Whatsapp group
Related News