Pandit Rambhau Bijapure

Noted harmonium player Pandit Rambhau Bijapure who passed away on Friday had accompanied almost almost all the leading vocalists of major gharanas of Hindustani classical music, reports DHNS from Belgaum. His last rites were conducted at Shahapur crematorium late on Friday.

Born in 1917 at Kagwad in Athani taluk Bijapure developed interest in harmonium due to his father Kallopant Bijapure. Annigeri Mallayya taught him the basics of harmonium playing. He was also disciple of Pandit Rajwade, Govindrao Gaikwad and Pandit Hanmantrao Walwekar of Dharwad. In his seven-decade long musical career, he was music director, accompanist, an examiner for Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyapeeth and examinations conducted by the State government.

The vocalists he has accompanied include Ramakrishna Vaze, Shivrambua Vaze, Kagalkarbua, Sawai Gandharva, Utturkabua, Ustad Amir Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Gangubai Hanagal, Bhimsen Joshi, Basavaraj Rajguru, Mallikarjun Mansur, Kishori Amonkar and Prabha Atre.

Prof M S Gore

»Social scientist and Padma Bhushan award recipient M S Gore, who passed away on Friday, was honoured with a special award by the Indian Council of Social Welfare for his outstanding contribution to social work, reports DHNS from Hubli.

Gore (89) was born in Hubli on August 15, 1921. He obtained his postgraduate diploma in social service administration at the Tata Institute of Social Science and got selected for Sir Dorabji Tata Research Fellowship.

He received a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of Bombay in 1948 and later obtained a doctoral degree from the Columbia University in 1961.

Dr Gore served Delhi School of Social Work, director of TISS till 1982 and was the vice-chancellor of the University of Bombay from 1983 to 1986 and Chancellor of JNU between 1997 and 2002.

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