A grand Carnatic Vocal concert was organized (under the auspices of the Kannada Sangha, IIT Bombay) in memory of three of our professors who are not with us anymore on 15th September at PC Saxena Auditorium.
The main artist for the night was Sri Sriram Sastry, a highly regarded up-and-coming vocalist trained in the Rudrapatnam School of Carnatic tradition by the elder of the celebrated Rudrapatnam brothers, Vidwan RN Thyagarajan. To add to his spell binding vocals, the concert had Sri SV Ramachandran on the violin and Sri Mohan Krishnamurthy on the mridangam.
As the invitation read, this concert was organized in memory of Prof B S Jagadish, Prof K Shankar and Prof K V V Murthy. Old timers from the campus would recall them as highly respected members of the IIT Bombay community, noted as much for their human qualities as for their professional competence. They served IIT since its formative years, Prof Jagadish in Mechanical Engineering, and Profs Shankar and Murthy in Electrical Engineering. Profs Jagadish and Shankar passed away while still in service in IITB, while Prof Murthy retired from IIT Bombay and was associated with IIT Gandhinagar when he passed away recently in 2017.