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Lavani singer Yamunabai Waikar passes away

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Acclaimed singer and Padma Shri recipient passed away after a brief illness at the age of 103 today.

Waikar, who had complained of uneasiness, was admitted to the ICU at a hospital in city, where she lived, yesterday, said a

She would be cremated with full state honours, he added.

Waikar was known for her numbers and took this popular folk song form to other parts of the country, said Dilipkumar Chinchkar, a

Born into a poor family in district, Yamuna learned singing and started performing along with her sisters at a young age. Soon offers to act in the 'Tamasha' theatre followed, and she became famous as Yamunabai 'Waikar' across

In 2012, she was honoured with a

She also worked to create awareness about water conservation during the 1972 drought in and campaigned against archaic and regressive rituals of her Kolhati community, Chinchkar said.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 23:45 IST