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London: “While he was many things to many people, to us he was first and foremost Appa/Thatha, with his clever hand shadows, his amazing ability to nap, his brightly coloured kurtas and baggy pyjamas. His endless collection of green pentels that always left an ink-stain at his pocket. He was perfectly happy to just sit around and daydream while we pottered and chatted and lived life around him, his grandsons lying on the floor of his room drawing while he rested,”. This was the online message of Girish Karnad’s daughter Radha which was read out Nasreen Munni Kabir, a filmmaker who has curated the annual Indian film season for Channel 4 TV since 1982s. It was done in an event organised in London to pay tribute to Late Mr Girish Karnad.
The heart-warming glimpses of the Late Mr Girish Karnad’s multidimensional personality by the participants of the event organized by The Nehru Centre and Vatayan: Poetry on South Bank, moved one and all in the audience.
Many prominent personalities such as Martin Pick, Lalit Mohan Joshi, Dr Nikhil Kaushik, Neelum Singh, Vayu Naidu, Nona Shepphard all from different professions took time to mark their notable presence in the vent.
The programme, attended by many scholars, artists, media personnel and Girishji/his family’s friends, some of them travelled long distances to attend this programme. Girish’s presence was evident; warmth in the entire hall was felt as never before.
After a brief introduction and welcome by Mr Brij Kumar Guhare, Deputy Director, The Nehru Centre, glowing tributes were paid by the dignitaries, who knew him at close quarters. Jay Visvadeva, the connoisseur of classical Music and Artistic Director of Sama Arts Network, invited Anouraag Dhondiyal to pay a musical tribute to Girish Karnad by singing a Kabir bhajan, Sai ki nagari param ati-sundar, jahaan koi jaae na aave (My Beloved’s abode is divine, where no one, neither the Sun, nor the Moon; neither air, nor water; can ever reach), which set the stage for a regal evening. He was accompanied by Danny Arbiter (Guitar) and George Cooke (Cello).