Legendary singer Gangubai Hangal [ Images ] was laid to rest at Hubli in northern Karnataka [ Images ] 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).
Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar [ Images ] 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