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R.I.P. … Pandit Ravi Kudalgi (tabla maestro and teacher of KSV school) demised on 13th Dec 2014

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 15, 2014

Nearby ten years ago an article came across my path being published by Frontline in the Issue 12 (Volume 22, Jun 04 – 17, 2005). FL is India’s National Magazine being published by THE HINDU.

The story was about the remarkable project initiated by a Canadian family with Mathieu, Blaise and Agathe Fortier who had started the extra ordinary music school Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (KSV) in a small Indian village in Northern part of Karnataka.

Aside the founders at KSV teached table maestros Pandit Ravi Kudalgi childrens of lowest social class (Dalit cast) for more than 13 years.

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Sadly Ravi demised on 13th December 2014. My condolences go to the family, close friends, musical colleagues of KSV and his pupils. Here the words we received shortly on 14th Dec 2014 from the KSV team:

Today we said a sorrowful farewell to one of our beloved from the KSV Family, Pandit Ravi Kudalgi, who sadly passed away yesterday. Pandit Ravi Kudalgi, affectionately known as Ravi Sir, was one of the original founding members of staff at KSV. He gave thirteen years of dedicated service to KSV and his students.
Those young boys who were fortunate enough to cross paths with Ravi Sir all those years ago, are today testament to his dedication to music, the tabla and his disciples, as they themselves are now aspiring young and talented musicians in their final years of university studying music, with a promising and bright future ahead of them.
Ravi Sir was always one to have a smile on his face, and indeed brought light, as well as rhythm, into the lives of everyone he touched. He will be sorely missed by one and all. Rest in peace Ravi Sir, may your music and memory live on.” 
(Source: music school Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya @ Facebook)

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daily life @ KSV music school…

Tabla Class with basic lesson (Teen Taal Rhythm) by Pandit Ravi Kudalgi…

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