G. V. Atri
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|G. Vijayakumar Atri|
|Born||G. Vijayakumar Atri
May 21, 1964
Kanakapura, Bangalore district,
|Died||April 30, 2000(aged 35)|
G.V. Atri (born G. Vijayakumar Atri, May 21, 1964, died - April 30, 2000) was an Indian singer in Kannada language (spoken in the state of Karnataka of India). He was born in Kanakapura and raised in Bangalore city. He died, along with 5 of his family members, during a bath in a river at Sringeri.
G.V. Atri specialized in sugama sangeetha, the modern singing form. He was trained in Hindustani form of Indian classical music during his formative years under guru, Sheshadri Gavai of Bangalore. He also sang as a play back singer for more than a dozen Kannada movies. He was very popular in performing live on public stage with variety of songs. He was popularly known as ” Junior P.B. Sreenivas”, as his voice resembled that of the ace play back singer of yester years, P.B. Sreenivas.
He composed and sang a few thousand songs encompassing musical repertoire of romantic, devotional, patriotic, folk and children’s songs for many of his albums. He was also a member of the Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy, a Karnataka Government institution. He organized music oriented social events such as sugama sangeetha seminars, recognition to yester year musicians and music competitions.
He also organized a music workshop for the benefit of inmates of a Bangalore prison. He believed that music improves the qualities of a human being and thus it could reform even criminals.
He founded the “Sangeetha Ganga” a foundation and music school to train and encourage young and upcoming singers in Kannada. Many have attended Sangeetha Ganga. Many awards[which?] have been instituted after his name by public cultural organizations to unearth young talents and encourage them, thus commemorating his memory.
1. Links to news of tragedy:
- Tribune India - Bodies of singer, kin cremated
- The Music Magazine - Sugama sangeeta singer dead
- Daily Excelsior - Singer drowns with 5 family members
- G V Atri remembered
2. Links to G.V. Atri commemoration program notification:
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