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Salute to lifelong dedication

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

There are many unsung heroes of music. They spend years in acquiring knowledge through industry and dedication. Some of them devote an entire lifetime too. Yet they hardly get recognition that is their due. They are known only in familiar circles. That includes their students and their extended families.  They toil hard for the cause of music without expecting any return or reward. These unsung heroes are like true sages and deserve to be honoured.

The ‘Raykar Academy of Violin’ deserves huge compliments for tracking down such musicians and honouring them every year during their Foundation Day programmes. On Sunday, one such veteran, Pt Manohar Parshuram Joshi who is now 95 and is still very active as a music instructor, was felicitated by the academy with great reverence at Vile Parle. Joshi not only teaches vocal music but also the violin and the harmonium. Many of his students have risen high as professional musicians. Joshi accepted the honour with transparent humility. The programme also featured the Indore-based young singer Anuja Zokarkar. She is as brilliant as she is comely. Daughter and pupil of the well known Kalpana Zokarkar, she sang the raga 'Gavati' and a tappa with effortless grace. Dhaval Joshi, a Ratangiri-based bansuri player impressed the city audience with his hour long 'Megh'. This was his first major appearance in the city.

Milind Raikar, renowned violinist and his son/pupil Yadnesh presented the raga 'Jog'. They are a class apart. Their duet is unfailingly melodious as
it is compulsively captivating. It was a wonderful experience to hear the musical exchange between the father-son duo.

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