The music fraternity is mourning the demise of Padmashri awardee and standard saxophone exponent, Kadri Gopalnath, who died on Friday, 11 October following temporary illness at a non-public health heart in Mangaluru. He received the Padma Shri in 2004, and is among the few Carnatic musicians to have performed at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.
Gopalnath, one of the pioneers of Carnatic music on the saxophone, was born in Sajeepa Mooda village in Dakshina Kannada district in 1949.
The musical maestro is survived by his wife and two sons. Gopalnath was attracted to the saxophone after listening to a recital in the Mysore palace band set and developed a passion for it.
Gopalnath had carried out in a number of locations the world over together with in Europe, america, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka and West Asia. He was the recipient of the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award, and the Karnataka Kalashree, reported The News Minute.
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Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, among other artists and political figures, condoled the death of the saxophone legend in a statement given to The Hindu. "In his death the world of music has lost a great musician", Yediyurappa said in his message. He is asking for Indian Government's intervention to make it on time to attend his father's last rites.
The funeral will probably be held on Saturday after Gopalnath's elder son Guruprasad who's working in Kuwait reaches right here.
Gopalnath's body will be kept at the town hall for the people to pay their last respects, sources said.