Pandit Devabrata Chaudhuri dies at 85 of Covid-19 complications

Padma Bhushan awardee Pandit Devabrata Chaudhuri was considered a leading name among sitar players. Pandit Devabrata Chaudhuri was admitted to New Delhi’s Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital earlier this week after he tested positive for Covid-19 and his oxygen saturation level dropped sharply. On Friday evening, the sitarist’s condition worsened, and he was put on non-invasive ventilator support. He breathed his last in the early hours of Saturday.
His son Prateek Chaudhuri took to Facebook to share the news of his father’s demise. He wrote, “My Father, The Legend of Sitar, Pandit Debu Chaudhuri… is no more. He was admitted with Covid along with dementia complications and was put in ICU on ventilator around midnight today (1st May 2021)..after which he suffered a heart attack and could not be revived…..In spite of all efforts and prayers he could not be saved. to the World of Sitar and Indian Music. Great loss. In grief..Prateek Chaudhuri (myself) Runa Chaudhuri (my wife), Rayana Chaudhuri (my daughter) and Adhiraj Chaudhuri (my son).”
A torchbearer of the Senia Gharana, Pandit Devabrata Chaudhuri performed across the world for over six decades, winning several honours, including the Padmabhushan, the Padmashree, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution in the field of music. Besides being an ace sitarist and composer of eight new ragas, he was also an educationist and author.
As one of the leading proponents of the Senia Gharana, his demise is a great loss to the art and music world.
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