Within the span of a week, Indian music has lost two of its most prominent stars.
First we lost D K Pattamal and then Gangu Bai Hangal.
As an illiterate connoisseur of Indian Classical music, to me their brilliance was unmistakable and they were in my book as powerful as Mallika Arjun Mansur or Kumar Gandharv when it came to their music. They both have produced some great students and their legacy will survive through the voices of their disciples.
I have been fortunate enough to see both artists in performance and attended one of Gangubai Hangal’s last public appearances.
May their souls continue to stir our souls.