Saxophonist and Padma Shri awardee Kadri Gopalnath passes away at 70

Saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath dies

Saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath dies

A noted saxophone and a big name in the Indian classical music, Kadri Gopalnath passed away on October 11. A mesmerised Gopalnath went up to the musician and found out that the instrument was called saxophone.

Gopalnath, 69, had been ailing for some time.

He is survived by his wife and two sons. He played at the Jazz Festival in Prague, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, and the Music Hall Festival in Paris.

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He died at a hospital after being reportedly admitted on Thursday following his illness. AR Rahman centred the music of the K Balachander film around the saxophone. Gopalnath was attracted to the saxophone after listening to a recital in the Mysore palace band set and developed a passion for it. His first concert was held at Chembai Memorial Trust.

Gopalnath had performed in several places across the world including in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka and West Asia. He had also won many honours including Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy award.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, among other artists and political figures, condoled the death of the saxophone legend in a statement given to The Hindu. His family is waiting for the arrival of another son from Kuwait to complete the last rites at his home in Padavinangady.

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