Kishori Amonkar


Kishori Amonkar is an Indian singer who performs in the classical genre khyal and the light classical genres – thumri and bhajan. Amonkar trained under her mother, classical singer Mogubai Kurdikar, and later under Anjanibai Malpekar. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, she received many awards, including the Padma Bhushan (1987) and Padma Vibhushan (2002), two of the country’s top civilian honours. In 2010 she became a fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, a lifetime appointment held by just a few dozen individuals. Kishori Amonkar was also awarded the first Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Lifetime Achievement Award (2013), which is exclusively constituted by the Indian state government for classical musicians.