Veena Sahasrabuddhe Passes On

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.