Mumbai, Legendary musician Annapurna Devi passed away at the age of 91 years in early morning on Saturday at Breach Candy hospital here following prolong illness, sources said.
Annapurna Devi, a Padma Bhushan awardee, was born in Madhya Pradesh in 1927 to Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum.
World renowned maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was her sibling, spokesman of Annapurna Devi Foundation said.
A disciple of her father, Ustad Akbar’s inestimable contribution to Indian music resulted in the ‘Senia-Maihar gharana’.At five, she started her career and completed her graduation in sitar playing. She was an Indian surbahar player of Hindustani classical music.
Her husband was Ravi Shankar, renowned sitar maestro.Her disciples were renowned musicians including Pradeep Hariprasad Chaurasiya, Nikhil Banjerjee and Ashish Khan.
She was honoured Padma Bhushan Award in 1977, Sangeet Natak Academy Puraskar in 1991, Dissikottam Padvi in 1999 from Vishabhartai Vidyapeeth and Ratna Puraskar in 2004.