International living legend and Ghatkopar Lions Club award winner Banditji is in the news once again.
“A minor planet, till now bearing the alphanumeric name 2006VP32, has been christened ‘Panditjasraj’ after him. Jasraj already has a constellation and a piece of the moon named after him.” All the details here.
I hear that a photo circulating showing Harry Chaurasia (of SILSILA fame) paying his respects to Annapurna Devi has the custodians of “Hindu culture” up in arms. Harry’s great violation, claim the apostles of purity of all things Hindu, was to have his footwear on while bowing to Ms Devi.
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Yes, the choice of hideous white Bata sandals does grate, but so far as I can tell, Harry means no disrespect. Quite the contrary, in fact. His facial expression suggests reverence.
A few years ago I received a precious gift from Tejpal Singh-ji, of the Singh Brothers duo and a pupil of Amir Khan, in the form of his books. These are some of the photos from his work Sangeet ke Dedipyaman Soorya, Ustad Amir Khan (translation: The Radiant Sun of Music, Ustad Amir Khan), co-authored with Prerna Arora.
I have retained the original captions as they contain some more detail.
Radiant Sun of Music – Ustad Amir Khan by Tejpal Singh and Prerna Arora Kanishka Publishers, 2005
Signed by the author
Shahmir Khan, Amir Khan’s father
Amir Khan and senior wife Munni Begum
Tejpal Singh’s ganda ceremony
Amir Khan and sitar nawaz Vilayat Khan
Amir Khan, Alla Rakha, Ravi Shankar, Kankana Banerjee (missing: Alubhai, probably taking a bidi/pee break)
(l-r) Amir Khan, Naval Mehta, Mushtaq Ali Khan, Latafat Hussain Khan
Amir Khan and the Singh Brothers (Bombay, 1971)
Recital at AIR Delhi in 1948
Concert in Jullunder with Samta Prasad on tabla (1963)