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With Shimoga Subbanna’s death, Karnataka light music arena loses its chord

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Bengaluru: Veteran singer Shimoga Subbanna of popular song “Kaadu Kudure Odibanditta”
fame is no more.

Subbanna was one of the strong voices of Karnataka light music (Sugama Sangeetha) arena, who had performed in thousands of musical events popularising the famous works of Kannada poets. He mainly sung the songs composed by doyen of light music late Mysuru Ananthaswamy, which he rendered across the country and also abroad.

Subbanna who was 83 passed away following a heart attack on Thursday night.

He was being taken to Jayadeva Hospital in the city, when he breathed his last in transit in ambulance. Following respiratory problems, he had been earlier admitted to a private hospital in Jayanagar, where he suffered chest pain.

An advocate by profession, it was his passion towards Kannda literature and light music, that made him immensely popular.

Subbanna’s original name was G Subramanyam. He was born to Ganesh Rao and Ranganayakamma couple at Nagara village in Shimoga district in 1938. A BA, BCom and LLB graduate, Subbanna was a notary and advocate in the initial days of his career.

His tryst with singing began with small events at school and colleges. It finally got notice when Subbanna was selected as Akashvani artiste in 1963. However, it was Jnanpit laureate Kannada litterateur Chandrashekar Kambar directorial ‘Karimayi’ film that established him as a singer. Subbanna won the first national award as a playback singer in 1979.

He was also a recipient of Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, Santa Shishunal Award, Karnataka Kala Tilaka from Sangeet Akademi to name a few.

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter and daughter-in-law Archana Udupa also a popular singer.

Chief Minsiter Basavaraj Bommai, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah and Mysuru District Incharge Minister S T Somashekar have condoled the death of Subbanna.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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