Guwahati, Oct 7 (PTI) Assamese singer and music director Kishour Giri, who lent his voice to various social issues, passed away on Sunday at his residence here.
Giri suffered a heart attack and breathed his last at his Kharghuli residence, his family said.
He was 63 and survived by wife and two daughters.
Giri, who could play a number of musical instruments, including the guitar, violin and mandolin, composed music for a few Assamese films and television serials.
In his condolence message, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said: “I am saddened by his sudden death.
The guitar was his strong medium to make people aware on various social issues.”
Like the legendary Bhupen Hazarika, he, too, believed that the society needs ‘gaan’ (songs) instead of gun, Sonowal said in a post on Facebook.
Giri would often be seen on the streets of Guwahati, strumming a guitar and singing or raising his voice against the many evils that plague the society.
He had appealed to the public and the state government a few days ago, in his signature style, for financial support to ‘Village Rockstars’, India’s official entry to the Oscars.