Padmashri Awardee and noted saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath passes away at 69

Saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath dies

Mangaluru: Renowned saxophonist and Padma Shri awardee Kadri Gopalnath passed away on Friday morning in Mangaluru, Karnataka.

He later learnt playing Carnatic music on the saxophone from N Gopalakrishna Iyer of Kalaniketan.

Hope the Central Government does the needful in issuing him passport and help him attend his father Kadri Gopalnath's funeral. 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. Gopalnath's son, Manikanth Kadri is a noted music director.

Kadri Gopalnath had won many accolades and awards in his career, which includes Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award, Karnataka Kalashree and others.

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He had been ill for the last three months and was admitted to the hospital on Thursday night.

As reported in several interviews, As a child, Gopalnath once saw the saxophone being played in the Mysore Palace band set. He presented his first concert on the All India Radio in 1978.

Mangalore and Bangalore universities had conferred their honorary doctorates on Gopalnath. "He successfully adapted a foreign instrument like saxophone to our Indian classical music and entertained connoisseurs with his enchanting performances". The last rites will be performed on Saturday, sources said.

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