Published: Fri, October 11, 2019

Padmashri Awardee and noted saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath passes away at 69

Padmashri Awardee and noted saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath passes away at 69

Household sources mentioned he was admitted to hospital right here on Thursday after a criticism of again ache and died early Friday following cardiac arrest.

He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Some of his most memorable performances were held at global musical conventions such as the Jazz Festival in Prague, Berlin Jazz Festival, worldwide Cervantino Festival in Mexico, and the Music Hall Festival in Paris. He received the Padma Shri in 2004, and is among the few Carnatic musicians to have performed at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.

Gopalnath was lively within the music world in Chennai though he was a local of coastal Karnataka.

He used to be born on December 6, 1949 to Thaniappa and Gangamma in Bantwal taluk in Dakshina Kannada district. Gopalnath was attracted to the saxophone after listening to a recital in the Mysore palace band set and developed a passion for it. Gopalnath learnt music from veteran musician T V Gopalakrishnan. He introduced his first live performance on the All India Radio in 1978.


The Carnatic music maestro had a luminous career in which he won numerous awards, including the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award and Karnataka Kalashree.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has condoled the death Kadri Gopalanath.

In his message, Yediyurappa mentioned Gopalnath had efficiently tailored a global instrument like saxophone to Indian classical music and entertained connoisseurs along with his enchanting performances. His son Guruprasad Kadri is stuck in Kuwait and not able to make it for his father's funeral due to unavailability of passport which has gone for stamping.

Gopalnath's body will be kept at the town hall here for the people to pay their last respects, sources said.

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