Padma Vibhushan Thumri singer Girija Devi dies in Kolkata due to cardiac arrest.She was 88. Devi was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.
The queen of Thumri and fondly called Appa ji, Girija Devi was taken to the city’s BM Birla Heart Research Centre this afternoon with cardiovascular ailments. She was put on life support, her family sources said.
“Girija Devi’s condition was quite critical when she was brought to the hospital. She was admitted to the CCU and was under constant watch. But she passed away at around 8.45 pm”, a hospital spokesperson told PTI.
A legendary singer of the “Benaras gharana”, Girija Devi received the Padma Shri in 1972, the Padma Bhushan in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.Born in a zamindar family at a village near Banaras on May 8, 1929, music was a part of Girija Devi’s life from a very early age.
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