Gamaka exponent Padma Shri awardee H R Keshava Murthy passed away at his residence in Shivamogga district of Karnataka on Wednesday, family members said. The 89 year old was suffering from age-related ailments for quite some time. survived by his wife and daughter.
Murthy was born in a Gamaka artists’ family and got his training from his father.
Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “We will always remember Shri H.R. Keshava Murthy for his efforts to popularise Gamaka and celebrate the unique culture of Karnataka. He will also be remembered for his inspiring mentorship to many students. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.” Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai also mourned Murthy’s death, saying he was pained to hear about the demise of a scholarly person who upheld the cultural traditions of the state.
Take a look at Narendra Modi’s Tweet:
We will always remember Shri H.R. Keshava Murthy for his efforts to popurlarise Gamaka and celebrate the unique cul… https://t.co/c3sm9AkqDb— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1671642127000
Meanwhile MP BY Raghavendra tweeted his condolence stating, “I’m deeply sadden by the passing away by the Padma Shree awardee Gamaka Vidwan Shri Hosahalli R Keshavamurthy. May God grant his soul eternal peace and strength to his family to bear the loss”.
Take a look at BY Raghavendra’s Tweet:
ಪದ್ಮಶ್ರೀ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ವಿಜೇತರು ಗಮಕ ಗಂಧರ್ವ ಶ್ರೀ ಹೊಸಹಳ್ಳಿ ಆರ್ ಕೇಶವಮೂರ್ತಿ ಅವರುನಿಧನರಾದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ತಿಳಿದು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ದುಃಖವಾಗಿದೆ. ದೇ… https://t.co/lBAwZnuwBl— B Y Raghavendra (@BYRBJP) 1671620531000
Keshavamurthy was born in Hosahalli on February 16, 1934. From the age of 16, he is been singing Gamak and mastering it. He has been given the title “Shataragi” for composing 100 different ragas.