Girija Devi dead: From Lata Mangeshkar to Javed Akhtar, celebs mourn the demise of ‘Queen of Thumri’https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/music/girija-devi-dead-from-lata-mangeshkar-to-javed-akhtar-celebs-mourn-see-photos-4905385/

Girija Devi dead: From Lata Mangeshkar to Javed Akhtar, celebs mourn the demise of ‘Queen of Thumri’

Girija Devi, the iconic Indian classical singer, passed away on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest. Emotional tributes poured in from all quarters. Lata Mangeshkar mourned the demise, recalling her "good relationship" with her. Javed Akhtar also did a series of tweets.

Girija Devi, Girija Devi dead, who is Girija Devi, Javed Akhtar, Javed Akhtar Girija Devi, Girija Devi Lata Mangeshkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Girija Devi singer
Girija Devi, who was also called ‘Appa ji’ or ‘Queen of Thumri, was 88.

Girija Devi, the iconic Indian classical singer, passed away on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest. She was 88. Girija, who was also called ‘Appa ji’ or ‘Queen of Thumri’, was taken Kolkata’s BM Birla Heart Research Centre on October 24 afternoon with cardiovascular ailments, She was put on life support, her family sources said.

Emotional tributes poured in from all quarters. Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar mourned the demise of the legend, recalling her “good relationship” with her. “Mahan shastriya aur thumri gayika Girija Devi ji hamare bich nahi rahi ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Hamare unke bahut acche sambandh the. (I am deeply saddened at her demise. I had a very good relationship with her),” tweeted Lata.

She also wrote, “Girija Devi ji ek bahut acchi mahila thi. Main unko shraddhanjali arpan karti hun. ishwar unki aatma ko shanti pradan kare. (She was a very good human being. I pay my respects to her. May her soul rest in peace).”

Javed Akhtar‏ wrote in one of his tweets, “With Girija Devi , an era has come to an end . Ab aisay log nahin hongay. Girija ji , mera aap Ko salaam.” There were many more reactions coming in from the film industry and music fraternity.

Check who all grieved Girija Devi’s demise:

The hospital spokesperson informed, “Girija Devi’s condition was quite critical when she was brought to the hospital. She was admitted to the CCU and was under constant watch. But she passed away at around 8.45 pm.”

Here are some best of Girija Devi’s songs:

 

Advertising

Besides Padma Shri (1972) and Padma Bhushan (1989), the veteran was honoured with the Tansen Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1977).