Ramesh G Jethwani is a prolific "Letters to Editor writer/columnist, who over the decades has written over a thousand "Letters to editor" and few columns, which have been widely published in leading newspapers in India and in GCC(Gulf countries),These letters to editor/ Columns are a testimony to the power of his ideas,his letters and columns short and precious - have served a very useful purpose in drawing the attention of authorities about important issues concerning society and the governmnet. His father always emphasized the importance of public service Read more

Tributes/ Highlighting Distuingshed people

India lost many dear ones this year

DNA, Sat,Dec, 31,2011,L,E.

It has been an extraordinary year full of tragedies and turmoil for the entertainment and sports in the country. It has been an horrible year for the country in the arena of entertainment, arts, sports, and music. People like MF Hussain, Gazal king Jajit singh, .... Read More

India lost many dear ones this year
DNA, Sat,Dec, 31,2011,L,E.

It has been an extraordinary year full of tragedies and turmoil for the entertainment and sports in the country. It has been an horrible year for the country in the arena of entertainment, arts, sports, and music. People like MF Hussain, Gazal king Jajit singh, Nwab of Pataudi, Bhimsen Joshi, Gagubai Hangal, Bhupen Hazarika, Indira Goswami, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, cartoonist Marioa Mirnda have bid adieu to the world.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Jewel in the crown( Pandit Bhimsen joshi)

The New Indian Express,Nov7,2008.L.E

Sir, Union governmnet's decision to award Bharat Ratna to legendary hindustani vocalist Pandit Bhimsen joshi is not only great honour to him but to entire hindustani classical musicians. Pandit Joshi was a disciple of Rambhau Kundolgakar.... Read More

Jewel in the crown( Pandit Bhimsen joshi)
The New Indian Express,Nov7,2008.L.E

Sir, Union governmnet's decision to award Bharat Ratna to legendary hindustani vocalist Pandit Bhimsen joshi is not only great honour to him but to entire hindustani classical musicians.

Pandit Joshi was a disciple of Rambhau Kundolgakar also known as sawai Gandharwa.his rendition of "MILE SUR MERA TUMHARA "along with other singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Balamuralikrishna had won the heart of millions of Indians . He is the Jewel of the Indian classical world

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

End of an era (Mehandi Hassan)

Khaleej Times-june 15, 2015 -L.E.

Yet another doyen has left us. The passing away of renowned ghazal king Mehdi Hassan at a hospital in Karachi is not only a great loss to the world of ghazals in Pakistan and India but to the entire Subcontinent. His death has left huge void in the world of music. .... Read More

End of an era (Mehandi Hassan)
Khaleej Times-june 15, 2015 -L.E.

Yet another doyen has left us. The passing away of renowned ghazal king Mehdi Hassan at a hospital in Karachi is not only a great loss to the world of ghazals in Pakistan and India but to the entire Subcontinent. His death has left huge void in the world of music.

In the recent past, we have lost several eminent legends 
of performing arts and music like Bhupen Hazarika, Jagjit Singh, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal and now Mehdi Hassan.

The legendary singer, who was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna village in Rajasthan in 1927, had recently lost his voice due to his illness.

It was he and the late Jagjit Singh who infused new life into the dying genre of ghazals in the seventies.

Mehdi Hassan will remain a popular ghazal singer in the entire Indian sub-continent. It is only fair to say that his death is an irreparable loss to the world of ghazals. Indeed an era has come to an end.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Ghazal king Mehdi Hassan Fond farewell

The Telegraph-20 June 2012-LE

Sir — Yet another music maestro bid farewell to the world. The passing away of Mehdi Hassan is a great loss. His death has left a void in the world of music. Only recently, the legendary ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh, left us. Now Hassan is gone too. In the recent past, music has lost... Read More

Ghazal king Mehdi Hassan Fond farewell
The Telegraph-20 June 2012-LE.

Sir — Yet another music maestro bid farewell to the world. The passing away of Mehdi Hassan is a great loss. His death has left a void in the world of music.

Only recently, the legendary ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh, left us. Now Hassan is gone too. In the recent past, music has lost many other legends like Bhupen Hazarika, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai Hangal.

Hassan had enthralled the audience with his celebrated ghazals like “Ab ke hum bichhde”, “Patta patta boota boota”, and “Mohabbat karne wale kam na honge”. Hassan, with jagjit Singh, had infused new life into the dying genre in the 1970s. He performed live shows in various countries, during which he connected with his audience through his soulful voice. Hassan’s popularity was not restricted only to India and Pakistan, but extended beyond the subcontinent. His fans included expatriates in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

He was not only a classical gharana-trained singer, but almost a gharana in himself.

He was bestowed with the title of Shahenshah-e-Ghazal (king of ghazal) for revolutionizing the art form.

Hassan’s death is an irreparable loss, and marks the end of an era in ghazals.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

An Era Ends With Maestro Jagjit singh's death

Sir, Curtain has fallen on world of Gazals with demise of legendary king of Gazals Jagjit Singh, this is not only a great loss to the world of Gazals in India but in entire subcontinent, He gave joy and pleasure to millions of music lovers in India and abroad... Read More

An Era Ends With Maestro Jagjit singh's death

Sir, Curtain has fallen on world of Gazals with demise of legendary king of Gazals Jagjit Singh, this is not only a great loss to the world of Gazals in India but in entire subcontinent, He gave joy and pleasure to millions of music lovers in India and abroad.

He was one of the best Known Gazal singer of his time not only in India but in entire subcontinent and had followings not only in India but in Pakistan, Gulf and Saudi Arabia and even in London and Newyork where his live Gazal shows had full capacity Audience. he has left behind a huge legacy of work in a career spanning five decades, including 80 albums. He was recipient of 2nd highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan .In 2007 he had an opportunity to Perform at India's Parliament Building to mark 150 years of since country's first war of Independence against British rule " British Mutiny"

The Ghazal maestro enthralled the audience with some of his well-known Gazals and was often called the 'Ghazal King' by his fans and peers who Stirred millions of hearts with his soulful Gazals 'Jhuki jhuki si nazar', Yev daulat be le lo", "Mera geet amar Kar do" and 'Kaagaz ki kashti' He had infused a new life in the dying Genre of Gazals world in the seventies and carved a niche for himself in Bollywood.

He was credited with introducing modern instruments along with traditional Sarangi and tabla in Ghazals. He always mesmerized the audience with his singing soulful Gazals as he had pain and melancholy in his voice that gave vent to the feelings of many a lonely hearts.

It will be fair to say that his death is a irreparable loss to world of Music especially Gazals and indeed an Era has come to an End.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

THE DEMISE OF A MUSIC MAESTRO (Bhupen Hazarika)

DNA CITY, Monday, November 7, 2011, L,E.

Yet another doyen has passed unto eternity. The death of music maestro Bhupen Hazarika marks an end of an era as in recent past we have lost many musical legends, such as Jagjit Singh, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Gangubai Hangal, C Ashwat, etc. He was a multi- faceted .... Read More

THE DEMISE OF A MUSIC MAESTRO (Bhupen Hazarika)
DNA CITY, Monday, November 7, 2011, L,E.

Yet another doyen has passed unto eternity. The death of music maestro Bhupen Hazarika marks an end of an era as in recent past we have lost many musical legends, such as Jagjit Singh, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Gangubai Hangal, C Ashwat, etc. He was a multi- faceted personality – a singer, music composer, author, producer and politician.

He was a great culture icon of the country who was equally cherished in Dhaka and in Guwahati and who entertained music lovers with his powerful soulful renditions for several decades.

He leaves behind a legacy that is both profound and popular. His death is not only an irreparable loss to the cultural and music arena but also to the entire nation.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Ustad Bismillah Khan

DNA 28 DECEMBER 2011

Sir, Ustad Bismillah Khan, India’s greatest exponent of the i, who was described by President Abdul Kalam as a divine musician “who comes on once in a lifetime “ died in his hometown Varanasi at the age of 90. He responsible... Read More

Ustad Bismillah Khan- exponent of the Shehnai
DNA 28 DECEMBER 2011

Sir, Ustad Bismillah Khan, India’s greatest exponent of the i, who was described by President Abdul Kalam as a divine musician “who comes on once in a lifetime “ died in his hometown Varanasi at the age of 90. He responsible for making the shehnai popular both nationally and internationally. The legendary musician has left a huge vacuum in Indian classical music, which will be impossible to fill and he will be remembered for unifying Indian culture.

He was a devout Muslim who performed namaz five times a day but was a great example of Indian secularism. In Varanasi, after the bomb blast at the Sankat Mochan Temple, the credit for communal riots not breaking out then should go to him.

Khan sahib, the shehnai virtuoso, was among the few Indians who had the distinction of receiving all the national awards: Padma shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and the highest honor, the Bharat Ratna.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Divine musician (Bismillah Khan)

The Indian Express 26 August 2006

Sir, Ustad Bismillah Khan was India’s greatest exponent of shehnai, who was described by President A.P.J Abdul Kalam as a divine musician, who comes only once in a lifetime. He died in his hometown Varanasi at the age of 91. He was a legend responsible for... Read More

Divine musician (Bismillah Khan)
The Indian Express 26 August 2006

Sir, Ustad Bismillah Khan was India’s greatest exponent of shehnai, who was described by President A.P.J Abdul Kalam as a divine musician, who comes only once in a lifetime. He died in his hometown Varanasi at the age of 91. He was a legend responsible for making shehnai popular at the international level. His death has left a big vacuum in the Indian classical music scene and will be remembered for promoting the Indian culture. He was a devout Muslim who performed namaz all five times.

He proved that he was a secular Indian after the bomb blast in Sankat Mochan temple. If communal riots did not break out in the city, then the credit goes to him.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

End of an Era (Bismillah Khan)

Vijay times,25th, Aug,2006,LE

Sir, Ustad Bismillah Khan, India’s greatest exponent of the indian classical music, who was described by President Abdul Kalam as a divine musician “who comes once in a lifetime “ died in his hometown Varanasi at the age of 90. He responsible for making.... Read More

End of an Era (Bismillah Khan)
Vijay times,25th, Aug,2006,LE

Sir, Ustad Bismillah Khan, India’s greatest exponent of the indian classical music, who was described by President Abdul Kalam as a divine musician “who comes once in a lifetime “ died in his hometown Varanasi at the age of 90. He responsible for making the shehnai popular both nationally and internationally.

The legendary musician has left a huge vacuum in Indian classical music, which will be impossible to fill and he will be remembered for unifying Indian culture.

He was a devout Muslim who performed namaz five times a day but was a great example of Indian secularism. In Varanasi, after the bomb blast at the Sankat Mochan Temple, the credit for communal riots not breaking out then should go to him. Khan sahib, the shehnai virtuoso, was among the few Indians who had the distinction of receiving all the national awards: Padma shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and the highest honor, the Bharat Ratna.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

A TANSEN NO MORE (Pandit Bhimsen Joshi)

Deccan Chronicle,Jan 25 2011-L.E.

The Death of legendary vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi ,The TANSEN of Hinsuatni music" is a great loss to the entire country.His songs touched the hearts of thousands and he was both as great human beings and musicians respected by many.His life will surely be inspiration ... Read More

A TANSEN NO MORE (Pandit Bhimsen Joshi)
Deccan Chronicle,Jan 25 2011-L.E.

The Death of legendary vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi ,The TANSEN of Hinsuatni music" is a great loss to the entire country.His songs touched the hearts of thousands and he was both as great human beings and musicians respected by many.

His life will surely be inspiration to the new generation of Musicians and following his humble path would be greatest tributes.

He transcended the so called barriers and classical music had created in society-that is appealed only to particular class and brought if closer common man.The India music industry has been orphaned.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

A full Life (Pandit Bhimsen Joshi)

DNA-Jan 25, 2011-L.E.

Sir, The demise of renowned exponent of Hindustani classical music Pandit Bhimsen joshi is a huge loss for India and the Pandit joshi who belonged to Kirana Gharana ,can be called the tansen of our age without exaggeration. His music touched countless people... Read More

A full Life (Pandit Bhimsen Joshi)
DNA-Jan 25, 2011-L.E.

Sir, The demise of renowned exponent of Hindustani classical music Pandit Bhimsen joshi is a huge loss for India and the Pandit joshi who belonged to Kirana Gharana ,can be called the tansen of our age without exaggeration. His music touched countless people...

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

A Rich Legacy

(Doyen of the music world-Bhupen Hazarika)
THE PIONNER,07 NOVEMBER 2011,L.E.

Sir — This refers to the report, “The bard will flow with the river” by Jahnu Barua (November 6). Yet another doyen of the music world has passed away. The death of maestro Bhupen Hazarika marks the end of an era. In recent times we have lost many music... Read More

A Rich Legacy
(Doyen of the music world-Bhupen Hazarika)
THE PIONNER,07 NOVEMBER 2011,L.E.

Sir — This refers to the report, “The bard will flow with the river” by Jahnu Barua (November 6). Yet another doyen of the music world has passed away. The death of maestro Bhupen Hazarika marks the end of an era. In recent times we have lost many music legends such as Jagjit Singh, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal etc. Bhupen Hazarika was a multifaceted personality-a great singer, music composer, author, producer and politician. He was among the greatest cultural icons of the country, and cherished in Dhaka and Guwahati.

For more than six decades he captivated the country with his soulful songs. Bhupen Hazarika, ‘the bard of Brahmaputra’ reached the pinnacle of musical career due to his ability to weave magic out of traditionally Assamese music which gave us songs like Dil hoom hoom kare and O Ganga tu behti hai kyon that swayed and inspired millions across generations with his voice. Among the many patrons of his music are former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The iconic singer had an illustrative musical career which was dotted with innumerable honours including Padma Bhushan (2001), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1992), Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1987) etc.

He leaves behind a legacy that is both full of profound and popular. His death is not only an irreparable loss to the cultural and music world but the entire nation as a whole.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Another Voice fades away.

Deccan Herald,5th April,2017,L.E.

Sir Apropos 'Kishori Amonkar passes away,(DH,4),yet another music maestro has bid farewell to the world.Amonkar's death is not only a great loss to Hindustani Music but for all lovers of classical music... Read More

Another Voice fades away.
Deccan Herald,5th April,2017,L.E.

Sir Apropos 'Kishori Amonkar passes away,(DH,4),yet another music maestro has bid farewell to the world.Amonkar's death is not only a great loss to Hindustani Music but for all lovers of classical music.

She will always be known as one of the foremost and greatest exponent of jaipur Gharana .The Iconic violist had an illustrative musical career dotted with innumerable honours like Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and fellowship of Sangeet natak Akademy.

Her death is irreparable loss to all those people who lives she touched with her voice.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Anus Horribilis

DNA-Sep 20,2010,LE.

In the last year,we have lost many of our greatest musicians such as Gangubai Hangal,DK Pattammal,C.Ashwath And now puttaraj gawai. Gawai hailed from the mecca of Indian classical music,Dharwad.... Read More

Anus Horribilis
DNA-Sep 20,2010,LE.

Sir ,In the last year,we have lost many of our greatest musicians such as Gangubai Hangal,DK Pattammal ,C.Ashwath and now Puttaraj Gawai. Gawai hailed from the Mecca of Indian classical music Dharwad.

He lost his eyesight but went on to master various genres of music and authored 80 books. His death is a great loss not just fo Hindustani classical music but to the entire nation.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

End of Divine Music (Puttraj Gawai)

Khaleej Times--LE--21 September 2010--L.E.

The passing away of eminent Hindustani vocalist Pandit Puttraj Gawai is not only a great loss for Hindustani classical music but one for the entire nation. Today we feel Hindustani music has been orphaned as we have lost many musical legends like Gangubai Hangal, DK ..... Read More

End of Divine Music (Puttraj Gawai)
Khaleej Times--LE--21 September 2010--L.E.

The passing away of eminent Hindustani vocalist Pandit Puttraj Gawai is not only a great loss for Hindustani classical music but one for the entire nation. Today we feel Hindustani music has been orphaned as we have lost many musical legends like Gangubai Hangal, DK Patamal, Ashwath. His death has put an end to the golden era of Hindustani classical music.

He delighted millions of music lovers and was a multi-faceted personality, Hindustani and carnatic vocalist, writer and seer. He lost his eyesight in childhood but overcame his blindness, mastered the genres of music and authored 80 books on spirituality and religion in Kannada, Hindi, Sanskrit.

He also wrote biographies of many sharanas of the Bhakti movements of the 12th century. He was also running an ashram for 5000 orphans and the blind of which many have grown to become musicians of acclaim.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

World will miss Ustad Sultan

DNA India 29 November 2011-L.E.

After the death of musical legends like Bhupen Hazarika, Jagjit Singh, Pandit Bhimsen joshi, Gangubai Hangal, etc, the death of Sarangi maestro and classical singer Ustad Sultan has left a void in the world of Indian classical music. It seems like an era has come... Read More

World will miss Ustad Sultan
DNA India 29 November 2011-L.E.

After the death of musical legends like Bhupen Hazarika, Jagjit Singh, Pandit Bhimsen joshi, Gangubai Hangal, etc, the death of Sarangi maestro and classical singer Ustad Sultan has left a void in the world of Indian classical music. It seems like an era has come to an end. But these maestros' legacies will live on.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Reshma's Death-huge loss to folk music

Arab News-Nov 4, 2013-L.E.

Sunday morning brought the sad news of Reshma’s death. She was a legendary and most accomplished folk singer the entire sub-continent could be proud of. Her incredible songs swayed and inspired millions of music buffs. Born in Bikaner... Read More

Reshma's Death-huge loss to folk music
Arab News-Nov 4, 2013-L.E.

Sunday morning brought the sad news of Reshma’s death. She was a legendary and most accomplished folk singer the entire sub-continent could be proud of. Her incredible songs swayed and inspired millions of music buffs.

Born in Bikaner, Rajasthan to a Banjara (gypsy) family around 1947, Reshma’s tribe migrated to Karachi shortly after independence.

Having received no formal education, she was only 12 when she was spotted singing at a shrine by a television and radio producer, who arranged for her to record her first song on Pakistan radio.

The song was an instant hit, and Reshma went on to become one of the most popular folk singers of Pakistan, appearing on television in the 1960s, as well as recording songs for both the Pakistani and Indian film industry.

During her career she was invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

She once said in an interview, “I was born in a family of saudagars in Rajasthan in a small settlement called Bikaner. I don’t know the year I was born but I was told that I was brought to Pakistan when I was a few months old in 1947. My family would take camels from Bikaner and sell them in other areas, and bring back goats and cows from elsewhere to sell at home. I belong to a huge clan of gypsies. We were forever traveling around. Though a lot of us have now settled and taken up permanent residences in Lahore and Karachi, whenever we feel restless we pack our bags and move on.”

In January 2006, she was one of the passengers on the inaugural Lahore-Amritsar bus, the first such service linking both parts of the Punjab since 1947. The bus had 26 passengers in total of whom 15 were Pakistani officials, and Reshma had booked seven seats for herself and her family.

Reshma was diagnosed with throat cancer in the 1980's, in later years her health deteriorated, leading President Parvez Musharraf to come to her aid, giving her Rs 1 million to help pay off a bank loan, as well as putting her on a secured assistance of Rs 10,000/ per month.

With her demise, a golden era of classical folk singing has come to an end. It is an irreparable loss to the world of music.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

END OF A GOLDEN ERA (Bhajan singer--Juthika Roy)

The Statesman-11 Feb 2014-L.E

SIR, A golden era in devotional songs and bhajans ends with the passing of Juthika Roy. Her death is a profound national loss. Her enchanting voice had once enthralled Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sarojini Naidu. She was one of the most accomplished artistes of colonial and post-colonial India... Read More

END OF A GOLDEN ERA (Bhajan singer--Juthika Roy)
The Statesman-11 Feb 2014-L.E

SIR, A golden era in devotional songs and bhajans ends with the passing of Juthika Roy. Her death is a profound national loss. Her enchanting voice had once enthralled Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sarojini Naidu. She was one of the most accomplished artistes of colonial and post-colonial India.

Juthika started to sing at seven and cut her first record at 13. By 1950, she had become the most sought-after artiste for rendering devotional songs in Calcutta, Bombay, Baroda and Rajkot.

On Independence Day, 1947, Nehru had once requested Juthika to keep singing over All India Radio till his motorcade reached the Red Fort. Indira Gandhi would often start her prayers with her devotional songs. She was honoured with a Padma Shri in 1982, and had lent her voice in two Bengali films, Dhuli and Ratandeep.

She immortalized bhajans with "Ghunghat ka pat khol and Pag ghungroo bandh meri nachi".

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

A profound loss for Indian art world

Bharatanatyam dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai,
Gulf times-24th Jan 2016-L.E.

Dear Sir, The death of eminent Bharatanatyam dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai is a profound loss for the Indian art world. She was a great exponent of Bharatanatyam who played a pivotal role in popularisation of Indian dance forms... Read More

A profound loss for Indian art world
Bharatanatyam dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai,
Gulf times-24th Jan 2016-L.E.

Dear Sir, The death of eminent Bharatanatyam dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai is a profound loss for the Indian art world. She was a great exponent of Bharatanatyam who played a pivotal role in popularisation of Indian dance forms.

She was a multifaceted personality, besides being a trained Bharatanatyam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam dancer, she was a poet, an environmentalist and a choreographer. She was a fervent believer in India’s secular culture. She was also an inspiring teacher to thousands of students; she had trained more than 18,000 students in Indian classical dances.

She was honoured with many distinguished awards and citations in recognition of her contribution to arts.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Rich legacy
Bharatanatyam dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai

The Telegraph-February 2 ,2016-L.E

Sir - An era has come to an end with the passing away of the eminent Bharatnatyam dancer, Mrinalini Sarabhai ("Mrinalini Sarabhai dead", Jan 21). She was one of the greatest exponents of Bharatnatyam. Sarabhai also played a pivotal role in popularizing Indian ... Read More

Rich legacy
Bharatanatyam dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai
The Telegraph-February 2 ,2016-L.E

Sir - An era has come to an end with the passing away of the eminent Bharatnatyam dancer, Mrinalini Sarabhai ("Mrinalini Sarabhai dead", Jan 21).

She was one of the greatest exponents of Bharatnatyam. Sarabhai also played a pivotal role in popularizing Indian arts. Sarabhai was a multifaceted personality. Besides being trained in Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, she was also an acclaimed poet, environmentalist and choreographer. She was an inspiring teacher, training more than 18,000 students in Indian classical classical dances. Sarabhai was the recipient of several awards, including the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.

She has left for us a rich legacy.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Amjad Sabri’s death

Arab News ,26 June 2016, L.E.

Tragic news of death of renowned Pakistani qawwal, Amjad Sabri is shocking for music lovers in the entire Indian subcontinent. We all are shocked and saddened by the news of his killing. This heinous crime is not only about attack on our culture and heritage but on an ... Read More

Amjad Sabri’s death
Arab News ,26 June 2016, L.E.

Tragic news of death of renowned Pakistani qawwal, Amjad Sabri is shocking for music lovers in the entire Indian subcontinent. We all are shocked and saddened by the news of his killing. This heinous crime is not only about attack on our culture and heritage but on an entire human civilization. He is the latest victim of Taliban.

He enjoyed immense popularity in India and Pakistan. It looks like the world of qawwali has been orphaned by this great loss.

Amjad Sabri was the son of qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri whose family is famous in the entire Indian subcontinent for its contribution to the art of qawwali.

Amjad Sabri was the son of qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri whose family is famous in the entire Indian subcontinent for its contribution to the art of qawwali.

His qawwalis touched the hearts of millions. He was both a great human being and singer respected by many. His life will surely be inspiration to the new generation of qawwals.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

GREAT LOSS

THE PIONEER,Monday, 27 June 2016

Sir — Renowened Qawwali singer Amjad Sabri Amjad’s death is shocking and tragic. This heinous crime is not only about attack on our culture and heritage but on the entire human civilisation. Infact, he is the latest victim of the Taliban... Read More

GREAT LOSS
THE PIONEER,Monday, 27 June 2016

Sir — Renowened Qawwali singer Amjad Sabri Amjad’s death is shocking and tragic. This heinous crime is not only about attack on our culture and heritage but on the entire human civilisation. Infact, he is the latest victim of the Taliban.

Amjad enjoyed immense popularity in India and Pakistan. He was known as one of the finest Qawal of contemporary world of Qawwalis and for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry.

It looks as if the world of Qawwali has been orphaned by this great loss.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Indian classical musician -Gangubai Hangal

Deccan Chronicle-22 July 2009-L.E.

Passing away of Hindustani Classical maestro Ganguba Hangal is a great loss to the world of clasical music.One feel as if Hindustani classical music ... Read More

Indian classical musician -Gangubai Hangal
Deccan Chronicle-22 July 2009-L.E.

Passing away of Hindustani Classical maestro Ganguba Hangal is a great loss to the world of clasical music.One feel as if Hindustani classical music has been orphaned, Gangubai The only female vocalist at a time when Kirana gharana was dominated by male singers ,had great ability to connect with an audience.She received many awrds including the Padma vibhushan in 2002,but what she will be remembered for her unique uncompromising style.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Indian classical musician -Gangubai Hangal

Deccan Herald-23rd July 2009-L.E,

Sir, The passing away of eminent Kirana Gharana vocalist Gangubai Hangal ,who is considered one of the maestros of Indianclassical music is not only a great loss for Hindustani music but for entire world music lovers.Today we find Hindustani music is orphaned as... Read More

Indian classical musician -Gangubai Hangal
Deccan Herald-23rd July 2009-L.E,

Sir, The passing away of eminent Kirana Gharana vocalist Gangubai Hangal ,who is considered one of the maestros of Indian classical music is not only a great loss for Hindustani music but for entire world music lovers.

Today we find Hindustani music is orphaned as such great artists are born once in lifetime.She was the only female singer at a time when Kirana Gharana was dominated by male singers and had a great ability to connect with audience.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

STALWART KEPT MUSIC ALIVE
Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal

DNA-JULY 23, 2009-L.E.

The passing away of eminent Kirana Gharana Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal ,considered one of the Maestro of the Indian classical music ,is not only a great loss to to Hindustani Music but to entire country and the world, The world of Hindustani classical... Read More

STALWART KEPT MUSIC ALIVE
Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal
DNA-JULY 23, 2009-L.E.

The passing away of eminent Kirana Gharana Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal ,considered one of the Maestro of the Indian classical music ,is not only a great loss to to Hindustani Music but to entire country and the world.

The world of Hindustani classical music has been orphaned by this great loss.Hangal was one of the first female singers from the gharana and had to fight to earn. a place in male dominated world.

She had a great ability to connect with the audience.Indian classical music has been kept alive thanks to the great stalwarts vocalists such as late Gangubai Hangal,Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhim Sen Joshi,and kishori Amonkar who all belong to the Hubli Dharwad belt, the Mecca of the Indian classical Music.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Eminent Carnatic vocalist

Golden Era comes to an End ( RK Srikantan)

DNA-19 Feb 2014-L.E

Sir,An golden Era comes to an End with the passing away of of Eminent Carnatic vocalist RK Srikantan.He was doyen of Carnatic music.The Nonagenarian will be remembered as one of the greatest performers of the ancient musical genre.Srikantan was blessed with great resonant... Read More

Eminent Carnatic vocalist
Golden Era comes to an End ( RK Srikantan)
DNA-19 Feb 2014-L.E

Sir,An golden Era comes to an End with the passing away of of Eminent Carnatic vocalist RK Srikantan.He was doyen of Carnatic music.The Nonagenarian will be remembered as one of the greatest performers of the ancient musical genre.Srikantan was blessed with great resonant voice that energetically entertained people of concert halls across the globe. he was known for for the perfect blend of ragas and talas.He was trained and shaped by great legendaries such as Veena Subbanna ,Musiri Subramania Iyer and Semmangudi whose essence can be traced in RK Srikanta"s type , his music was truly holistic and highly appreciated by all.

He was honoured with many accolades including the of his melodious carnatic music which will continue to eternally reign the waves Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya academy award in 1981 and Padma Bhushan in 1995.

Srikantan has left behind a rich legacy of Melodious carnatic music which will be continue to eternally reign the waves for long time to come.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

ANANTHASWAMY WILL BE MISSED

DNA India 19 January 2009-L.E.

Dear Sir, The The passing away of accomplished musician Raju Ananthaswamy, the son of the legendary Mysore Anane thaswamy, is an irreparable t loss to Indian classical music g and its lovers. Ananthaswamy was a multi-talented t personality who proved himself to be equally good at acting, singing and playing the ... Read More

ANANTHASWAMY WILL BE MISSED
DNA India 19 January 2009-L.E.

Dear Sir,
The The passing away of accomplished musician Raju Ananthaswamy, the son of the legendary Mysore Anane thaswamy, is an irreparable t loss to Indian classical music g and its lovers. Ananthaswamy was a multi-talented t personality who proved himself to be equally good at acting, singing and playing the tabla. He was a maestro who popularized the Sugama Sangeetha form of light classical music globally. He had the enviable gift of being able to connect with his audience.

Generally, in the field of classical music, the son takes forward the legacy of the father and Ananthaswamy father always had great expectations from his son.

Unfortunately, Raju Ananthaswamy left us at the young age of 39, leaving a huge void. His compositions will continue to be a source of inspiration to generations of aspiring musicians.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Music's loss

Raju Ananthaswamy
Deccan Chronicle-19 Jan 2009-L.E.

The demise of accomplished musician Raju Ananthaswamy is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music lovers.He was a multifaceted personality and popularized the Sugam sangeet form of light classical music. He had great ability to connect with the audience ... Read More

Music's loss
Raju Ananthaswamy
Deccan Chronicle-19 Jan 2009-L.E.

The demise of accomplished musician Raju Ananthaswamy is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music lovers.He was a multifaceted personality and popularized the Sugam sangeet form of light classical music.

He had great ability to connect with the audience.

His father late Mysore Ananthaswamy used to say that raju would greater heights music.raju strived to popularised light classical music abroad.

He has left us at early age of 39,He will always be remembered for his great compositions.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Tribute to Pandit Ravi shankar (A legend passes away)

Ramesh G Jethwani, By Email, Khaleej times ,Filed on December 14, 2012

This is in reference to the article “Ravi Shankar: The Godfather of World Music” published in KT on December 13. The world of music has lost a great legend with demise of sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar... Read More

Tribute to Pandit Ravi shankar (A legend passes away)
Ramesh G Jethwani, By Email, Khaleej times ,Filed on December 14, 2012

This is in reference to the article “Ravi Shankar: The Godfather of World Music” published in KT on December 13. The world of music has lost a great legend with demise of sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar.

An era of Indian classical music has come to an end with the passing away of the maestro, who was the greatest proponent of Indian traditional music. It must be acknowledged that the legendary musician was perhaps one of the most well-known Indians globally known whose accomplishments at the international level are certainly more than other Indian musician.

Ravi Shankar will be best remembered as the sitar virtuoso who became a musical icon of the hippie movement during the 1960s after hobnobbing and greatly influencing the Beatles. He is also credited with popularising Indian music through his work with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and introducing traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences.

Not only was he an amazing artist, he was also a very humble person. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid tribute to this legendary sitar player by calling him a national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage.

This iconic musician had the distinction of receiving many national and global awards, including India’s highest civilian awards

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Tribute to Pandit Ravi shankar - Great loss

The Telegraph--18th Dec 2012---LE

Sir — A significant era of Indian classical music has come to an end with the passing away of Ravi Shankar. Among other things, Shankar will be remembered as the musician who became an icon after collaborating with and greatly influencing... Read More

Tribute to Pandit Ravi shankar - Great loss
The Telegraph--18th Dec 2012---LE

Sir — A significant era of Indian classical music has come to an end with the passing away of Ravi Shankar. Among other things, Shankar will be remembered as the musician who became an icon after collaborating with and greatly influencing a member of the Beatles. He is also credited with popularizing Indian music through his work with Yehudi Menuhin.The prime minister, Manmohan Singh, while paying tribute to the legend, has rightly said that with his demise a national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage has gone.

The icon had an illustrative career spanning six decades. He received many national and global awards that included the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, as well as three Grammys. Music lovers should pay him a fitting tribute.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Eminent Carnatic vocalist

Golden Era comes to an End-DNA-19 Feb 2014-L.E

Sir,An golden Era comes to an End with the passing away of of Eminent Carnatic vocalist RK Srikantan.He was doyen of Carnatic music.The Nonagenarian will be remembered as one of the greatest performers of the ancient musical genre.Srikantan was blessed with great resonant... Read More

Eminent Carnatic vocalist
Golden Era comes to an End-DNA-19 Feb 2014-L.E

Sir,An golden Era comes to an End with the passing away of of Eminent Carnatic vocalist RK Srikantan.He was doyen of Carnatic music.The Nonagenarian will be remembered as one of the greatest performers of the ancient musical genre.Srikantan was blessed with great resonant voice that energetically entertained people of concert halls across the globe. he was known for for the perfect blend of ragas and talas.He was trained and shaped by great legendaries such as Veena Subbanna ,Musiri Subramania Iyer and Semmangudi whose essence can be traced in RK Srikanta"s type , his music was truly holistic and highly appreciated by all.

He was honoured with many accolades including the of his melodious carnatic music which will continue to eternally reign the waves Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya academy award in 1981 and Padma Bhushan in 1995.

Srikantan has left behind a rich legacy of Melodious carnatic music which will be continue to eternally reign the waves for long time to come.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Music's loss

Deccan Chronicle-19 Jan 2009-L.E.

The demise of accomplished musician Raju Ananthaswamy is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music lovers.He was a multifaceted personality and popularized the Sugam sangeet form of light classical music. He had great... Read More

Music's loss
Deccan Chronicle-19 Jan 2009-L.E.

The demise of accomplished musician Raju Ananthaswamy is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music lovers.He was a multifaceted personality and popularized the Sugam sangeet form of light classical music.

He had great ability to connect with the audience.

His father late Mysore Ananthaswamy used to say that raju would greater heights music.raju strived to popularised light classical music abroad.

He has left us at early age of 39,He will always be remembered for his great compositions.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Golden voice
Iconic bhajan singer, Juthika Roy.

The Telegraph-12th Feb 2014-LE.

Sir — An era has come to an end with the passing away of the iconic bhajan singer, Juthika Roy. Roy’s death is a profound loss to the nation. She had the privilege to enthrall the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sarojini Naidu with her enchanting... Read More

Golden voice
Iconic bhajan singer, Juthika Roy.
The Telegraph-12th Feb 2014-LE.

Sir — An era has come to an end with the passing away of the iconic bhajan singer, Juthika Roy. Roy’s death is a profound loss to the nation. She had the privilege to enthrall the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sarojini Naidu with her enchanting voice. She will always be remembered as one of India’s most gifted proponents of devotional music.

Roy began her singing career at the age seven. She cut her first record at the age of 13. Her talent had been spotted by none less than the famous Bengali poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam. Noted music director Kamal Dasgupta and vocalist Bhismadev Chattopadhyay were Roy’s other mentors. By the 1950s, Roy had become the most sought after artist in the genre of devotional music in the musical circuits of Calcutta, Mumbai, Baroda and Rajkot.

Roy had the honour to become a part of the nation’s history when Nehru requested her to keep performing on All India Radio till his motorcade reached the Red fort from Teenmurti Bhavan on August 15, 1947. Even Indira Gandhi was a great admirer of her singing. The veteran artist was honoured with a national award in 1972. She lent her melodious voice to two Bengali films — Dhuli and Ratnadeep. Roy also immortalized bhajans, like “Ghunghat ka pat khol” and “Pag ghungru bandh meera nachi”.

The popularity of bhajans has been fast waning in this era of popular music. But Roy’s contribution will continue to inspire other performers and her legacy would not be forgotten.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Kathak exponent, Sitara Devi.

The statesman- 27th Nov 2014-LE

SIR, Performing arts is the poorer with the passing of the eminent dancer and acclaimed kathak exponent, Sitara Devi. She was endowed with almost unparalleled talent for dancing. She personified the very essence of our culture and tradition. Rabindranath Tagore had once described her as nritya samragini, meaning “empress of dance”... Read More

Kathak exponent, Sitara Devi.
The statesman- 27th Nov 2014-LE

SIR, Performing arts is the poorer with the passing of the eminent dancer and acclaimed kathak exponent, Sitara Devi.

She was endowed with almost unparalleled talent for dancing. She personified the very essence of our culture and tradition. Rabindranath Tagore had once described her as nritya samragini, meaning “empress of dance”. She was a kathak legend and her role in bringing the dance form to Bollywood was phenomenal. She had the credit of popularizing kathak not merely in India but globally as well; several of her renditions will be referred to as milestones. She was awarded for her contribution to the classical dance genre for over six decades.

She won the Sangeet Natak Akademy award in 1969, the Padma Shree in 1973 and the Kalidas Samman. She had performed in concerts and festivals of India, notably at Royal Albert Hall, London, and at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Her legacy will continue to inspire the younger generation of kathak dancers

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Bhupen Hazarika

Demise of a legend-9 November 2011-L.E

Yet another doyen has passed unto eternity. The death of music maestroBhupen Hazarika marks an end of an era. In the recent past we have lost many musical legends like Jjagjit Singh, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal etc. He had a multifaceted personality, being a great singer, music... Read More

Bhupen Hazarika
Demise of a legend-9 November 2011-L.E

Yet another doyen has passed unto eternity. The death of music maestroBhupen Hazarika marks an end of an era. In the recent past we have lost many musical legends like Jjagjit Singh, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal etc.

He had a multifaceted personality, being a great singer, music composer, author, producer and politician. He was the greatest cultural icon who was widely cherished as well as one who entertained music lovers with his powerful soulful renditions for seven decades.

He was also a strong social reformer who had countless fans including former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who himself was a connoisseur of poetry and music. The iconic singer had an illustrative musical career which was dotted with innumerable honours as he received several national awards and prizes for his work.

He leaves behind a legacy that is both profound and popular. His death is a not only irreparable loss to cultural and music arena but to entire nation.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Zubin Mehta show leaves audience spell bound

Sir, Musical show by world renowned and much celebrated conductor of western classical music Zubin Mehata in Srinagar has clearly given message to the world that Peace over rides violence, though there were some problems in Kashmir valley , but by and ... Read More

Zubin Mehta show leaves audience spell bound

Sir, Musical show by world renowned and much celebrated conductor of western classical music Zubin Mehata in Srinagar has clearly given message to the world that Peace over rides violence, though there were some problems in Kashmir valley , but by and large it has been proved that music is a instrument of peace and Harmony, his show had left audience spell bound and were mesmerized by his most popular western classical composition at the Mughal era 17th century terraced Shalimar garden on the Bank of Dal lake,

Audience were spell bound and mesmerized by his most popular and best known soulful western classical composition at the Moghal era's 17th century terraced Shalimar garden on the Bank of Dal lake,This concert event was live telecasted live by TV Doordarshan for the first time in Hi-Definition format, which was watched by millions across India and 50 European countries.

Maestro Zubin mehta Mehta is a great, dramatic, unconventional conductor who by this show had life time wish fulfilled by performing a this live show in Kashmir , Zubin mehta had even dared to play in midst of Bosnian war.we all hope his music will definitely provide hope to the people of Kashmir who have gone through great despair.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.
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