Kishori Amonkar is a unique classical vocalist and supreme exponent of the Jaipur Atrauli gharana. Endowed with a voice that has an amazing range, Kishori Amonkar is one of the finest classical singers in the annals of Indian classical music.
Kishori Amonkar was born on 10 April, 1931 in a family with a rich background in music. Her mother Mogubai Kurdiakar, an excellent vocalist from the famous and the oldest Jaipur-Arrauli Gharan, initiated Kishori Amonkar into music when she was very young. The promising child grew up following a strict regimen of rigorous riyaz. By the time she matured into a vocalist, she had fully imbibed in her singing the special features of the gharana.
Kishori Amonkar's effortless singing in a rich and mellifluous voice has always been her audience’s delight. There is a beautiful blend of the swara and emotions appropriate in the renderings of the ragas. The unique features of her gharana are distinct, especially her bol taan and the phirat taan-s. True to the tradition of her gharana, she retains the purity of a faga. However, Kishori Amonkar, unlike her mother, a staunch purist, has at times sung light classical compositions such as Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and Sanskrit devotional songs.
Kishori Amonkar is a vocalist par excellence and has been described as Gana Saraswati. A highly honoured artiste, she has been the recipient of the Sanger Natak Academy award, the Padma Bhushan and the Sangeet Samrajni award.
|1||Raga Alhaiya Bilawal||30:48|
|aali ri kitve gaye|
|2||Raga Basant Bahar||29:24|
|khayal in vilambit in teentala|
|e nara hara narayan|
|2||Raga Gaud Malhar||28:34|
|khayal madhyalaya in teentala|
|drut in teentala|