Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday mourned the demise of iconic vocalist Girija Devi, saying Indian classical music has lost one of its most melodious voices.

“Saddened by the demise of Girija Deviji. Indian classical music has lost one of its most melodious voices. My thoughts are with her admirers,” Modi tweeted.

“Girija Deviji’s music appealed across generations. Her pioneering efforts to popularise Indian classical music will always be remembered,” he added.

The singer, a Thumri exponent, died following a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Kolkata. She was 88.

She was brought to the hospital in a critical official and breathed her last around 9 p.m., a BM Birla Hospital spokesperson told IANS.

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