Hubli: Doyen of Hindustani vocal music Gangubai Hangal, who mesmerized audiences with her melodious voice for over six decades, died at a hospital here today after a brief illness.
The condition of 97-year-old Gangubai, who was suffering from severe chest congestion and anaemia, turned critical last night and was put on life support system, her physician Dr Asho Kalamadani, told PTI.
Gangubai, hospitalised since June three had returned home on 12 July but was readmitted to the hospital two days later and shifted to a superspeciality hospital on Thursday last after her condition became serious.
“The end came at 7.10 am,” Gangubai’s grandson Manoj Hangal said.
The frail-looking Hindustani musical genius had been ailing for sometime now.
Despite being diagnosed with bone cancer in 2002, it was her “never say die spirit” which made Gangubai battle the disease for three years and survive.
On 15 December 2005 Gangubai, affectionately known as “Baiji” among the music fraternity, gave her first concert to a select audience after recovering from cancer and had been performing since then.
Undeterred by her failing health, the renowned musician was still teaching music to her disciples who came from as far as Mumbai and Sangli in Maharashtra to learn from her.