Monday, 14 October, 2019

Karnataka: Noted saxophone exponent Kadri Gopalnath passes away at 69

Saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath dies Saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath
Julia Gonzales | 11 October, 2019, 15:25

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.

He had been ill for the last three months and was admitted to the hospital on Thursday night. He was honoured with several awards including Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award and Karnataka Kalasri among others.

Gopalnath is survived by his wife and sons.

He used to be born on December 6, 1949 to Thaniappa and Gangamma in Bantwal taluk in Dakshina Kannada district. Abdul Kalam in 2004 and is popularly known among Tamil film music lovers for playing saxophone for AR Rahman in the movie Duet.

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Gopalnath's son, Manikanth Kadri is a well-known music director. Gopalnath was drawn to the saxophone after listening to a recital within the Mysore palace band set and developed a ardour for it.

Gopalnath had carried out in a number of locations the world over together with in Europe, america, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka and West Asia.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa condoled the death of Gopalanath. "He successfully adapted a foreign instrument like saxophone to our Indian classical music and entertained connoisseurs with his enchanting performances". In his death, the world of music has truly lost a great musician. His body will be kept at Town Hall for people to be able to pay their last respects before the last rites, which is most probably to take place on Saturday, 12th of October, 2019.

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