She passed away at her home in central Mumbai on Monday night, family sources said.
Amonkar’s mother was the well-known vocalist Mogubai Kurdikar, who trained under Alladiya Khan Saheb, the doyen of the Jaipur gharana.
While learning the finer points and techniques of the Jaipur gharana from her mother, Amonkar also developed her own personal style, which reflects the influence of other gharanas and was generally regarded as an individual variant of the Jaipur tradition.
Amonkar cultivated a deep understanding of her art, largely through extensive study of the ancient texts on music, and her repertoire was grand in its sweep.
She was known primarily for her skilful singing of classical khayal songs set in the traditional ragas of Hindustani music, but also performed the lighter classical thumri repertoire, bhajan, devotional songs and film music. Regardless of musical genre, her performances were marked by vitality and grace.
Throughout her career, however, Amonkar was both criticised and praised for her bending of the Jaipur tradition.
As she prioritised the expression of emotion in her music, she frequently departed from the gharana’s conventions of rhythm, ornamentation, and broader musical structure in order to intensify the impact of the music.
She aimed to infuse the emotional appeal of the more popular styles into the comparatively rigid classical tradition.
In recognition of her contribution to the arts, she received many awards, including the Padma Bhushan (1987) and Padma Vibhushan (2002), two of India’s top civilian honours.
In 2010, she became a fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the national academy of music, arts, and dance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled her death and described her demise as an ‘irreparable loss’ to Indian classical music. “Deeply pained by her demise. May her soul rest in peace,” he said on Twitter.
“The works of Kishori Amonkar will always remain popular among people for years to come,” he added.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, in their condolence messages, described Amonkar as a doyen of classical music.