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Kolkata: Thumri singer Purnima Chaudhuri passes away…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 4, 2013

Purnima Chaudhuri (1946-2013)

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Vidushi Purnima Chaudhuri-002 (Photo credit: ramesh_lalwani)

Widely acclaimed light classical vocalist, Purnima Chaudhuri passed away on 4th March 2013 at a city hospital in Kolkata.

Purnima was initiated into music by Pandit A Kanan and was later rigorously trained by Mahadev Prasad Mishra and Girija Devi, both of Banaras. She had carved a niche for herself as a distinguished exponent of Thumri, Dadra, Tappa etc of the rich Purab ang and Banarasi style.

She received the prestigious Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, and was conferred the title of Surmani by the Sursringar Samsad of Bombay. A Sangeet Pravin (M. Mus) from Prayag Sangeet Samity, Allahabad, she was a top grade artiste of Akashvani and Doordarshan and had featured in several National Programmes and Akashvani Sangeet Sammelans as well as on B.B.C. She had rendered her voice in the film “Meeting a Mile Stone” on Ustad Bismilla Khan, produced by N.F.D.C. & Bengali films like ‘Chokher Bali’ and ‘Harbert’.

She also participated in various prestigious Music Conferences in the major cities of India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Patna, Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar, Goa etc., as well as in UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, France and other cities overseas.

She had performed in “Thumri” evening organised by Indian Embassy, Washington D.C In this tour other major events were – “Chhandayan” all night classical Music Conference, New York, Asian music performing Arts, Toronto, Ottawa classical music concert, Rag – Mala classical night, Edmonton, India Festival – Amsterdam, and other places of U.S.A. & Canada.

Apart from performances she had conducted a number of workshops, participated in leacture demonstrations and seminars on Thumri. She had several CD and cassette releases to her credit. She was the founder of “Swarganga” music circle.

Purnima di was also very closely associated with ITC Sangeet Research Academy and her musical contribution towards the academy will be sorely missed.

(Source: © 03/2013 – 2012 ITC Sangeet Research Academy)

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