The passing of a great Goan.

Kishori Amonkar & Mogubai Kurdikar

Kishori and Mogubai at their temple in Curdi, Goa

Photographer unknown; Photo source: Wind of Fire – The Music and Musicians of Goa by Mário Cabral E Sá, Promilla & Co Publishers, 1997.

Smt. Sahasrabuddhe passed away on June 29 in Pune. She was 67.

We never met in person although I understand she frequently sojourned in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1995 I accompanied her brother Kashinath Bodas on the harmonium in a couple of baithaks; I clearly remember his fond references to his sister (two weeks after those concerts he died of a heart attack in Canada).

I once played for Ramrang her rendition of his composition beeta gaye ri in Raga Hemant. He noted right away that she had made tweaks to the bandish. Nevertheless he expressed approval of, what he termed, her “bibeka” (Ramrang was always receptive to fresh input) and remarked that she had remained true to the “aatma” of the composition.

He lives.

Ramashreya Jha "Ramrang"

Ramashreya Jha “Ramrang”
(Aug 11, 1928 – Jan 1, 2009)

 

In the first clip, Ramrang discusses Raga Nat Nagari

 
 

The clips below are excerpted from Ramrang‘s concert at the Kala Academy in Panjim, Goa, on December 4, 2001. Harmonium: Rajan Parrikar, Tabla: Tulshidas Navelkar.

Composition in Raga Nat Nagari. In a separate conversation, Ramrang relates how the antara eluded him for years and then reveals the process leading to its resolution. Find it here (at the 8:25 marker). And the Lata song he refers to is here.

 
 

Raga Dhani

 
 

Ragamala, composed by Ramrang‘s guru Bholanath Bhatt