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Ranjani Hebbar is no more
CHENNAI, June 10: Young Carnatic vocalist Ranjani Hebbar Guruprasad passed away yesterday in her hometown Udupi, after a prolonged battle with cancer. One of the bright young talents in Carnatic music, 31-year old Ranjani, a native of Dakshina Kannada, was the daughter of Vasanthalakshmi and Aravinda Hebbar.

Initially trained by her parents and Madhoor Balasubramaniam, Ranjani was the first disciple of Carnatic vocalist S. Sowmya. She also learnt from Sowmya's father, Srinivasan. Later, she came under the guidance of late Chengalpet Ranganathan, and absorbed many of the pallavis and other masterpieces of his lineage. Her natural fluency in Kannada also helped in building a good repertoire of Dasara padas.

Moving to Chennai, she overcame the language barrier with determination by learning Tamil, and also earned a Master's degree in music from the University of Madras. She performed at many leading sabha, including prize-winning performances at the Music Academy. An A-grade artiste at the All-India Radio, she was the recipient of many honours such as the Kalki Award and Isai Chudar.

She is survived by her husband, Guruprasad, a software engineer.