PITHORAGARH, July 7
Kabutari Devi considered the first women folk singer of Uttarakhand died due to ill health at Pithoragarh Dist Hospital on 7th July Saturday morning. She was referred to the higher centre due to deterioration in her health but had to return from the Dharchula Helipad as the Helicopter to ferry her did not turn up at all. She was taken back to dist Hospital Pithoragarh where she was declared brought dead.
The Pall of gloom set in the whole state as soon as the news of her death was flashed all over the country.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed heartfelt condolence over the demise of the first folk singer of Uttarakhand Kabutari Devi.
He prayed for the peace of the departed soul and wished that almighty provide strength to the family members of the deceased. Her contribution in the folk songs of Uttarakhand is incredible. She was an expert singer of the seasonal songs of Uttarakhand. Pahado Ko Thando Pani, Ki Bhali Mithi Vaani….song is still connected with the minds of the common people of Uttarakhand.
Recipient of the President award, Kabutari Devi came from the remote rural area of Pithoragarh and gave a new identity to the hill culture and folk songs of Uttarakhand at international arena. Demise of Kabutari Devi is irreparable loss to the hill folk art. Contribution of Kabutari Devi, a messenger of folk culture will always be remembered and she will remain in the heart of every Uttarkhandi said the CM.
He said that late Kabutari Devi was a vibrant figure of our hill folk music and folk culture and her songs had the essence of classical music which was liked by all. She remained associated with Uttarayani programme of Akashvani since seventies, Kabutari Devi continued the reach of our folk culture and folk music to people of the country and the world.
Notably, being referred to as Teejan Bai of Uttarakhand, Kabutari Devi, had publicized and propagated folk songs of Dadi-Naani through Akashvani and other prestigious platforms. When she started giving performances on Akashvani, no female cultural artist was singing for Akashvani at that time. In the 70s, she reached the studio of the hill village for the first time and made a mark with her songs in the radio world. Kabutari Devi sang more than 100 songs for Akashvani. Her songs used to be broadcast from Akashvani centres of Rampur, Lucknow, Najibabad and Churchgate, Mumbai.
Kabutari Devi di not study in school but learnt music in the green forests around her village. The folk singers namely Narendra Singh Negi, Pritam Bhartwan etc have termed it as irreparable loss for the state.