Bangalore, Jul 21: Celebrated Hindustani classical vocalist Gangubai Hangal passed away on Tuesday, Jul 21. The 97-year-old singer died of cardiogenic pulmonary oedema at 7 am in Lifeline Emergency Care Centre in Hubli, Karnataka.
Gangubai who was undergoing treatment for chest congestion in a private hospital was shifted to a superspeciality hospital when she developed breathing problems on Jul 16. She has been reportedly suffering from cardiac and respiratory problems for awhile.
The singer is survived by three sons and two daughters who were with her along with other family members when she breathed her last. According to family sources, the cremation will be held at 9.30 am on Wednesday, Jul 22.
The veteran of the Kirana Gharana was born in 1913 at Dharwad to Chikkurao Nadiger, an agriculturist and Ambabai, a celebrated vocalist of Carnatic music. She started off performing at local celebrations in Mumbai.
Gangubai has received many prestigious awards including Padma Bhushan in 1971 and Padma Vibhushan in 2002. She was also honoured with Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy Award, in the year 1962, and and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in the year 1973.