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A huge loss to world of music
Noted veena player Suma Sudhindra pays tribute to music doyen Pandit
Puttaraj Gawai, who passed away on Friday
Posted On Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 03:53:18 AM
Pandit Puttaraj Gawai was one of the most respected and versatile
classical musicians of his time, respected not only for his
contribution to vocal music,
but also to instrumental music, theatre and literature.
Above all, his amazing triumph over visual disability became a source
of inspiration to many. Born visually challenged, Gawai mastered
and performed widely to much acclaim, and also trained hundreds of students.
He was anointed head of the Veereshwara Punyashrama by his guru
Panchakshari Gawai. Pandit Gawai received many national and
state-level awards, including
the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, an honorary doctorate and most
recently, the Padma Bhushan.
Pandit Gawai’s death is a big loss to the world of music. Not only was
he a great musician but also groomed many accomplished students. He
will be remembered
not only for his music but also his unique school. He belongs to that
last great generation of legends who devoted themselves completely to
He gave all he had for the cause of music. He converted his disability
into a great ability.
Many visually challenged people do learn music but he took it to a
level which will ensure that he will be remembered and respected
Many honours came his way, but Pandit Gawai still remained very humble.
His spiritual inclinations, ability to sing and play several
instruments, and his authorship of many books were remarkable aspects
of his extraordinary
Like many Hindustani musicians, he had a great sense of voice culture.
He was endowed with an amazing voice and he used it to maximum impact
in his highly
appreciated concerts. I have always loved Hindustani music and thus
enjoyed listening to him. I hope his students and the senior teachers
at his school
will carry forward his great legacy. That will be the greatest tribute
we can pay him. The north of Karnataka has such a wonderful history of
music. Karnataka is the only state which boasts of legendary musicians
in both forms. Pandit Gawai was one of those who made both his state
Death at ashram
Pandit Puttaraj Gawai died in Gadag on Friday following prolonged
illness. He was 97.
Gawai, who was blind, was suffering from kidney failure and pneumonia.
He died at the Shree Veereshwara
Punyashrama, ashram sources said. He was shifted to the ashram from
the KLE Society Hospital in Belgaum, where he had been admitted on
Sept 5, as per his
wish, they said. Gawai was brought up in the ashram, a home for
thousands of visually challenged, where they are imparted education in
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