Padmashri Awardee and noted saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath passes away at 69

Carla Harmon
October 11, 2019

He was 69 and had not been keeping well for some time.

Hope the Central Government does the needful in issuing him passport and help him attend his father Kadri Gopalnath's funeral. Upon hearing the tone of the saxophone, Gopalnath chose to master it.

Kadri Gopalnath was conferred the honorary doctorates by the Mangalore and Bangalore universities. A mesmerised Gopalnath went up to the musician and found out that the instrument was called saxophone. One of the most cherished being the Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Sri Sringeri Sharadha Peetam, Sri Ahobila Mutt and Sri Pillayarpatti Temple. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004.He had the distinction of being the first Carnatic musician to be invited in the BBC Promenade concert in the Royal Albert Hall at London in 1994.

He died at a hospital after being reportedly admitted on Thursday following his illness. He was the recipient of the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award, and the Karnataka Kalashree, reported The News Minute.

Padmashree award victor Kadri Gopalnath is survived by his wife and two sons among whom Manikanth Kadri is a music director. Mourning the death of Kadri Gopalnath, Rahman tweeted, "Another Master gone too soon RIP #kadrigopalnath". "I'm deeply saddened with his demise". His body will be kept at Town Hall for people to be able to pay their last respects before the last rites, likely to take place on 12 October.

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