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Inspiring teacher

The demise of Pt. S.C.R.Bhat has created a void in the distinguished fabric of Indian classical music. Among the most illustrious disciples of the late Pt Shri Krishna Narayan Ratanjankar, Pt. Bhat was a brilliant exponent of the Gwalior Gharana. Gif ted with a melodious voice, he epitomised the rigorously disciplined ecstasy of Indian music.

‘Bhat Sahab’ to thousands of students and music lovers, he excelled both as a performing artist and as a teacher who inspired and encouraged one and all. His students included eminent musical icons such as Pt.V.G.Jog (violin), Vidushi Zarin Daruwala (Sarod), Dr. Sumati Mutatkar, Pt K.G.Ginde, Pt. Dinkar Kainkini, Pt. Govindrao Dantale (vocal) and Manju Mehta (sitar). Bhat Sahab was unique in the honest, spiritual transparency with which he imparted the intricately delicate nuances of music to his students. A particularly important facet of Bhat Sahab as a musician was the ease and expertise with which he would render different styles of music including Khayal, Dhrupad, Dhamar, Thumri, Tappa and Bhajans. All India Radio will do well to rebroadcast the Bhat-Ginde duets that regaled thousands of music lovers in the National Programmes of the good old days.

Recipient of the Tansen Sangeet Samaroha Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademy award, Bhat Sahab touched the highest pinnacles of our music. More important, he made countless students realise that they could also make life purposeful with music.

Dinkar Sahal,
New Delhi

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