Saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath passes away!

Brenda Watkins
October 11, 2019

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.

As per the reports, when Gopalnath complained of back pain on the 10th of October, 2019, he was immediately taken to AJ Hospital and Research Centre.

Kadri Gopalnath had won many accolades and awards in his career, which includes Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award, Karnataka Kalashree and others. Some of his most memorable performances were held at global musical conventions such as the Jazz Festival in Prague, Berlin Jazz Festival, worldwide Cervantino Festival in Mexico, and Music Hall Festival in Paris.

The musical maestro is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Gopalnath was born in 1950, in Mittakere, Sajeepa Mooda village of Dakshina Kannada. Gopalnath was attracted to the saxophone after listening to a recital in the Mysore palace band set and developed a passion for it.

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

Gopalnath had carried out in a number of locations the world over together with in Europe, america, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka and West Asia. "In his death the world of music has lost a great musician", Yediyurappa said in his message.

The final rites will probably be carried out on Saturday, sources mentioned. His son Guruprasad Kadri is stuck in Kuwait and not able to make it for his father's funeral due to unavailability of passport which has gone for stamping.

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