Padmashree award winner Kadri Gopalnath, who introduced saxophone in Carnatic music passed away early yesterday in a private hospital at Mangalore. The 96-year-old popular musician was suffering from illness for quite some time.
Gopalnath was introduced by AR Rahman through K. Balachander’s movie Duet and all the songs had saxophonic instrumentation by Kadri Gopalnath. The songs were super hit and he became a known face.
He received Padma Shri from Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2004 and is survived by his wife and two sons. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.