RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Indian bass sitar player Annapurna Devi was born at Maihar in 1927, possibly on 23 April. She studied with her father, Allauddin Khan, founder of the Maihar ghahara, the school of Hindustani classical music, and became a very accomplished musician and one of the first female teachers of Hindustani classical music.
She was married to Ravi Shankar, who was originally one of her father's students, for more than forty years, and in the 1950s they played duets in Delhi and Calcutta. Following their divorce, she never played in public again, but became a notable teacher in Mumbai, and the key figure of the Acharya Alauddin Music Circle, a Mumbai-based association for promoting Indian classical music, in memory of her father.
Annapurna Devi died in Mumbai on 13 October 2018, aged ninety-one.