Lavani singer and Padma Shri recipient Yamunabai Waikar passes away

Vastavam web: Acclaimed Lavani singer and Padma Shri recipient Yamunabai Waikar 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 Satara city, where she lived, yesterday, said a local government official.Waikar was known for her Lavani numbers and took this popular folk song form to other parts of the country, said Dilipkumar Chinchkar, a senior journalist.

Born into a poor family in Satara district, Yamuna Vikram Jawale 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 Maharashtra.