Harmonium maestro Purshottam Walawalkar passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014. He was 90.

Added: A tribute in the Indian daily DNA, dated January 19, 2014. (In the event the link evaporates, a pdf is archived here.)

Ramashreya Jha "Ramrang" and Purshottam Walawalkar

Purshottam Walawalkar and Ramashreya Jha “Ramrang” at Kavalem, Goa (December 2003)

 
 

Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal
© Rajan Parrikar


Renowned Indian musician Shubha Mudgal has been offered the Nana Shirgaonkar Visiting Research Professorship at Goa University for the next 3 years and she has accepted the appointment. The university has established the chair with the goal of inviting “distinguished persons to work at the university and interact with our students and faculty.”

New musician entry in the Vijaya Parrikar Library: Shubha Mudgal.

Two beautiful pieces are offered, one a classical rendition in Raga Hem Kalyan, the second a Vaishnava verse set to Raga Gauri (composed by Aneesh Pradhan). Tabla and Harmonium support is provided by Aneesh Pradhan and Sudhir Nayak, respectively.

Go here for Shubha’s page.

Ravi Shankar was the finest sitar player of our time (nota bene, far better than the teental-only crashing bore Vilayat what’s-his-name).

Ravi Shankar tickling Alubhai Khan

Ravi Shankar tickling Alubhai Khan

 

Photo source: Ustad Ali Akbar Khan by Ramlal Mathur (Maharaja Mansingh Pustak Prakash Research Centre, Jodhpur, 2004)