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Halibandi No More!

IndiaGlitz [Thursday, January 23, 2014]

Noted playback singer in the 'Sugama Sangeeth' field Yashwanth Halibandi passed away on Wednesday at the age of 64 years. He leaves behind wife Lakshmi and singer son Pancham Halibandi and Tabla player Preetham Halibandi.

An elegant singer of Da Ra Bendre, Jnanapith award winner poems Yashwanth died of cardiac arrest at a private Nursing home. On Wednesday evening he was cremated at Banashankeri crematorium.

Starting as a singer in his home town Yashwanth became a singer in Akashavani. The Bhava Geethe and Sugama Sangeetha songs were richly lauded. Patharagitti Pakka...Nodidene Akka...has made him household names along with the other contemporary singers of his regime. 'O Manase' audio CD by Lahari Recording company has 100 songs sung by Yeshwanth Halabandi.

It was the strong base of Hindustani music from Lakshman Rao Devang gave opportunity for Halibandi to progress in Bhava, Sugama and Janapada Geethe. He is a singer in some of the Kannada films. He was the winner of State Sangeetha Nruthya Academy award, Karnataka Kalasri award, Sugama Sangeetha Sarvabowma crown and Bengaluru Rathna are the awards he has won.

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