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.

 

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.”

 

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.”

 

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.

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