Madhav, a versatile singer

Madhav GudiGudi had been suffering from liver complications for sometime. He was treated at a hospital in Mumbai before he was shifted to Dharwad. He was admitted to a private hospital last week and was discharged on Thursday midnight after he stopped responding to the treatment.

He breathed his last at 2 am on Friday. The last rites were performed at the Hosayellapur crematorium. A large number of music lovers paid their last respects to the departed soul.

Joshi disciple

Gudi was one of the prominent disciples of the late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

He performed along with Joshi in several concerts across the country and abroad.
Born in 1941 into a family of Harikatha exponents, he started learning music at a very young age. Initially, he was trained under Pandit Nageshrao Deshpande and later picked up the nuances of classical music from Joshi. He studied music for 27 years under the tutelage of Joshi.

Gudi was known for his unique style of singing that matured on the foundations of Kirana Gharana.

His voice was suited for Hindustani classical as well as light music.

He was equally versatile in singing Dasavanis and the Abhangs. A top-grade Akashvani artiste, Gudi has been honoured with several awards and honours, including the Karnataka State Sangeeta Nritya Akademi award, Karnataka Kalashri, Shri Ram Vittal award, Amrutha award, Sangeetha Ratna, Surashri, Gaana Bhaskar, Smt Vatsala Tai Joshi award, Gaana Kala Tilaka, Yashavant Rao Chauhan Samata Gourav Puraskar and several others.

His son Prasanna Gudi, also a classical singer, holds a Guinness Record in music for singing continuously for more than 24 hours.

CM mourns death

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has expressed his shock and grief over the demise of Hindustani vocalist Madhav Gudi, reports DHNS from Gulbarga.

Offering his condolences to the artiste of national repute, Yeddyurappa said being an ardent disciple of Bharata Ratna late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the contribution of Gudi to Hindustani music was immense.

Like his Guruji, Gudi also continued the grand legacy of Kirana Gharana and remained a household name in Karnataka and Maharashtra. “Gudi has rendered yeoman services in the field of music. His death is an irreparable loss to the world of Hindustani music,” Yeddyurappa added.

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