Chennai: Several musicians including the ‘Mozart of Madras’ and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman paid tribute to saxophone exponent Kadri Gopalnath, who passed away at a private hospital in Mangalore early on Friday.Gopalnath, 67, a Padmashree awardee had been unwell for some time.
Expressing shock at Gopalnath’s demise, A.R. Rahman tweeted, “Another Master has gone too soon #Rip (sic).”
Rahman and Gopalnath shared a great rapport. Gopalnath worked with Rahman in the blockbuster ‘Duet’. The movie was directed by K. Balachander and featured Prabhu as a saxophone player. Gopalnath played the saxophone for the song ‘Anjali, Anjali Pushpanjali’ in the movie and it became a huge hit.
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) October 11, 2019
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said, “He successfully adapted a foreign instrument like the saxophone to our Indian classical music and entertained connoisseurs with his performances. In his death, the world of music has lost a great musician.”
ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಖ್ಯಾತಿಯ ಸ್ಯಾಕ್ಸೋಫೋನ್ ಕಲಾವಿದ ಪದ್ಮಶ್ರೀ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ಪುರಸ್ಕೃತರಾದ ಶ್ರೀ ಕದ್ರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲನಾಥ್ ರವರ ನಿಧನ ದುಃಖ ತಂದಿದೆ. ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ಸಿಗಲಿ. ಅವರ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ದುಃಖ ಸಹಿಸುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಭಗವಂತ ಕರುಣಿಸಲಿ. pic.twitter.com/0BYJgE05kE
— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) October 11, 2019
Noted flutist Pravin, who performed several concerts with Gopalnath, tweeted, ‘My jugalbandi partner the saxophone legend Padmashri Dr. Kadri Gopalnath ji is no more, a sad day for music.. he was a like a guru to me… RIP maestro.”
My jugalbandi partner the saxophone legend padmashri dr kadri gopalnath ji is no more, a sad day for music.. he was a like a guru to me.. RIP maestro 🙏🏽 #kadri #gopalnath #icm #jugalbandi pic.twitter.com/qdr1yyuMWj
— pravin godkhindi (@flutepravin) October 11, 2019
A winner of the Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy Award and several other awards Gopalnath was a household name, especially in South India.
Gopalnath is survived by his wife and two sons. His last rites will be performed on Saturday.