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Gangubai Hangal's last rites held in Hubli

July 22, 2009 17:48 IST

Legendary singer Gangubai Hangal was laid to rest at Hubli in northern Karnataka on Wednesday. The doyen of Hindustani classical music passed away at a private hospital in Hubli on Tuesday morning.

Hangal was given a state funeral in the presence of her family members and thousands of followers who had gathered to pay their last respects. The body was kept in a glass casket and later taken out, in a procession, through the streets of Hubli. Several admirers of the classical vocalist gathered on the streets to catch a last glimpse of their akka (sister).


of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar and Legislative Council Chairman Veeranna Mathikatti were among the political leaders who took part in the proceedings. A state police contingent offered a gun salute as the last rites of the singer were conducted at the Gangubai Gurukul trust.

The state government has declared two-day

mourning period and schools and colleges in Hubli and Dharwad remained shut today as a mark of respect.

Photograph: KPN Photos

Vicky Nanjappa