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Dr. Prabha Atre, A Renowned Hindustani Classical Singer, Passes Away at 92

Dr. Atre received the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second-highest civilian honor, in January 2022. Her earlier accolades include the Padma Shri in 1990 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award was also bestowed upon her in 1991.

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Pune, January 13, 2024 : Dr. Prabha Atre, a distinguished figure in the world of Hindustani classical music, breathed her last at the age of 92 due to a sudden cardiac arrest in her Pune residence on January 13. The veteran vocalist, celebrated for her association with the Kirana Gharana, was a recipient of all three Padma awards conferred by the Indian government.

The demise occurred during her sleep, and she was swiftly taken to a private hospital in Kothrud, where she was pronounced dead at 5:30 am, according to sources close to the family. Given that some family members reside abroad, the funeral arrangements will be finalized upon their arrival.

Born on September 13, 1932, Dr. Prabha Atre was not only an illustrious classical singer but also an academician, researcher, composer, and author. With degrees in science and law, she earned a doctorate in music, showcasing her multidimensional persona.

Dr. Atre’s influence extended beyond the realms of classical music, as she contributed significantly to popularizing Hindustani classical vocal traditions globally. Proficient in various styles like Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal, geet, Natyasangeet, and bhajans, she dedicated over five decades to imparting private lessons to students.

Recognizing the need to bridge the gap between ‘guru-shishya parampara’ and institutional systems, Dr. Prabha Atre founded the Swarmayee Gurukul. This institution aimed to provide comprehensive training to students worldwide, ensuring a harmonious blend of both traditions.

In acknowledgment of her outstanding contributions, Dr. Atre received the Padma Vibhushan, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, in January 2022. Her earlier accolades include the Padma Shri in 1990 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award was also bestowed upon her in 1991.

The passing of Dr. Prabha Atre marks a significant loss for the world of Hindustani classical music, coming in the same week as the demise of Ustad Rashid Khan in Kolkata, who succumbed to a four-year battle with prostate cancer. The harmonious voices of these two maestros will be dearly missed, leaving a void in the cultural tapestry of India.

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