Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath dies

Saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath dies

Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, who died in Mangaluru on Friday at the age of 69, was one of the few artists who could make the audience sit through a whole concert enjoying it, says violinist A Kanyakumari.

Gopalnath was reportedly taken to AJ Hospital and Research Centre after complaining of back pain on 10 October.

He was a recipient of Padma Shri and many other awards.

He gained popularity after he played the saxophone for music composer AR Rahman for the Tamil movie Duet. Gopalnath is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Gopalnath was lively within the music world in Chennai though he was a local of coastal Karnataka. His first music guru used to be his father, who used to be a Nadaswara artiste.

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He later learnt taking part in Carnatic music on the saxophone from N Gopalakrishna Iyer of Kalaniketan.

The Carnatic music maestro had a luminous career in which he won numerous awards, including the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award and Karnataka Kalashree.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, inter alia, condoled the death of Gopalnath.

In his message, Yediyurappa mentioned Gopalnath had efficiently tailored a worldwide instrument like saxophone to Indian classical music and entertained connoisseurs along with his enchanting performances. "In his death the world of music has lost a great musician", he said.

The funeral will be held on Saturday after his elder son Guruprasad who is working in Kuwait reaches Mangaluru.

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