H R Keshava Murthy, a proponent of Gamaka and recipient of the Padma Shri, passed suddenly on Wednesday at his home in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka, according to family members. For quite some time, the 89-year-old had been experiencing age-related problems. His widow and daughter survive him.
Murthy was born into a Gamaka artist family and received his training from his father.
We will always remember Shri H.R. Keshava Murthy for his efforts to popurlarise Gamaka and celebrate the unique culture of Karnataka. He will also be remembered for his inspiring mentorship to many students. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/RtYxNfkv5Q
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 21, 2022
Tweeting his condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We will always remember Shri H.R. Keshava Murthy for his efforts to popularise Gamaka and celebrate Karnataka’s unique culture.” His mentorship of numerous pupils will likewise be remembered fondly. Grieving his passing away. His family and admirers are offered condolences. Om Shanti.” Karnataka’s chief minister, Basavaraj Bommai, also expressed sorrow over Murthy’s passing, stating that he was saddened by the loss of a scholar who defended the state’s cultural heritage.