Girija Devi (Thumri Queen) Age, Death Cause, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Girija Devi

Real NameGirija Devi
NicknameThumri Queen, Appa
ProfessionIndian classical singer
Gharana (Music School)Seniya and Banaras Gharanas
Guru/Ustaad/MentorSarju Prasad Misra and Chand Mishra
Personal Life
Date of Birth8 May 1929
Birth PlaceVaranasi, United Provinces, British India
Date of Death24 October 2017
Place of DeathBM Birla Hospital, Kolkata, India
Age (at the time of death)88 Years
Death CauseCardiac Arrest
Zodiac sign/Sun signTaurus
HometownVaranasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
SchoolNot Known
CollegeNot Known
Educational QualificationNot Known
FamilyFather- Ramdeo Rai (A Zamindar)
Mother- Name Not Known
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Not Known
HobbiesWatching Periodic Films, Listening to Music
Awards/Honours1972: Padma Shri
1977: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
1989: Padma Bhushan
2010: Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship
2012: Maha Sangeet Samman Award and GiMA Awards 2012 (Lifetime Achievement)
2015: Banga Bibhushan
2016: Padma Vibhushan
Girija Devi With Padma Vibhushan
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodPaan (Betel)
Favourite Politician(s)Dr Radhakrishnan, Sarojini Naidu, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi
Favourite SingerLata Mangeshkar
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusWidowed
Husband/SpouseName Not Known (A Businessman)
Marriage DateYear 1946
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- 1

Girija Devi

Some Lesser Known Facts About Girija Devi

  • Girija Devi was a renowned Indian Classical singer.
  • She was born into a Zamindar family in Varanasi.
  • Besides being a Zamindar, her father was also a musician.
  • Initially, she was taught music by her father and later under the mentorship of Sarju Prasad Misra and Chand Misra.
  • At the age of 5, she started learning ‘Khayal’ and ‘Tappa’ from vocalist and sarangi player Sarju Prasad Misra.
  • At the age of 9, she also played a role in a movie- Yaad Rahe.
  • In 1949, Girija Devi made her public debut on All India Radio Allahabad.
  • She faced opposition in singing publicly, as it was believed that no upper caste woman should perform publicly.
  • In 1951, she gave her 1st public concert in Bihar.
  • Her singing style was highly appreciated and her audiences included Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Radhakrishnan, Sarojini Naidu, Indira Gandhi, etc.
  • After her husband’s demise, she forayed into devotional singing, giving another dimension to her music.
  • Girija Devi elevated the Purabi Ang Thumri style of singing.
  • Her repertoire included the semi-classical genres- Kajri, Chaiti, and Holi.
  • Girija Devi was very popular for her humour among her friends and relatives.
  • Since her childhood, she had been fond of toys (especially dolls). Even in her old age, she had been gifted toys and dolls on her birthdays.
  • On 24 October 2017, she died after a cardiac arrest. Condolences started pouring from every corner of the society. Narendra Modi Tweet On Girija Devi Demise   Lata Mangeshkar Tweet On Girija Devi Demise   Javed Akhtar Tweet On Girija Devi Demise
  • Here’s a detailed conversation with the Queen of Thumri: