State funeral for Gangubai


Making the announcement in the Assembly, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa said the State will also observe two-day mourning as a mark of respect to the celebrated musician. The last rites will be held in Hubli with full state honours on Wednesday.

Yeddyurappa said all schools colleges, and government offices in Dharwad district will remain closed on Wednesday.

The State Government will also name the proposed University of Fine Arts and Music, to be set up in Mysore, after Gangubai Hangal. The international music school coming up at Hubli will also be named after the artiste. A statue of Hangal will be unveiled at a appropriate location in Hubli city, he added.

The House observed a minute’s silence and adjourned for the day without transacting any other business, as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Members were unanimous in their opinion that Bharat Ratna should be posthumously conferred on Gangubai Hangal. Speaker Jagadish Shettar, who moved the condolence motion in the House, said it would be a befitting tribute.

 The Legislative Council too mourned Hangal. There was an outpouring of grief within the hallowed walls of the council, which were once graced by the maestro herself.
Chairman Veeranna Mathikatti said Hangal, as MLC from ‘90-‘96, not only brought respect, but was also the pride of the House.

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