Legendary harmonium artiste Pandit Tulsidas Borkar passed away in a private hospital in Mumbai on Saturday, 28 September 2018, after suffering from a brief illness, at the age of 83.
Borkar had been admitted to the Nanavati Super-Speciality Hospital where he passed away at around 10.44 am, an official spokesperson confirmed. "He was suffering from a chest infection and had difficulties in breathing," an attending doctor stated. Borkar who was conferred the Padma Shri in 2016 for his contributions to Indian music was born in Borim, Goa, on 18 November 1934. He, first learned music from his mother, Jaishree Borkar, who was renowned for designing a new model of the harmonium which involved raising the level of the keyboard which was crafted and manufactured by Dashrath Bengude.
Pandit Borkar also conducted extensive research to improve the tonal quality, tuning and other technical aspects of the instrument, which gave different visual and sound dimensions to the harmonium. Commenting on the qualities of a true artiste, he once stated, in an interview that, "a true artiste is one who understands the strong and weak points of his instrument, assimilates the good points of his instrument and makes the most of them." He was honoured with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademic Award in 2005, among many other national and international honours. He has also taken part in music concerts all over India, US, Europe, Africa, Middle-East, South Asia, recording solos for top music companies all over the world. Goa Art and Culture Minister, Govind Gaude said Borkar's demise was a "huge loss to the field of art". He also stated that "recently the Directorate of Art and Culture has done the archival recording of Borkar. He has many disciples in and outside Goa who are taking ahead his style and legacy."
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