mind dutiful life
Dr M. S. Randhawa
was a multi-faceted personality whose passions extended from agriculture
to the arts. In a life lived full and well, he pursued these with zeal and
accomplished much. Reeta Sharma recalls the
man who was instrumental in setting up the PAU
majority of us are born to lead a routine life, chasing existence. Others
more gifted, leave inventions or creations for fellow beings. Yet another
category is that of people with a vision. They implement this vision with
perseverance and leave their footprints for future generations. M.S.
Randhawa belongs to this category. It was the night of India’s freedom
after 200 years of British rule.
An artist’s impression of M.S. Randhawa. Portrait by Mehar Singh. Oil on canvas.
people in Punjab and Chandigarh know one aspect or the other of M.S. Randhawa’s
personality. It is sad that this hero of Punjab remains unsung. It was
heartening to know that Mukesh Gautam has made an hour-long film on his life to
pay a tribute to Randhawa, whose death anniversary falls on March 3.
Two artistes from Michigan have
combined the guitar and sitar with computer and vocals and showed how
classical Indian music can be experimented with. Subhra
Newcomb is a classical guitarist and sitar player; Stephen Rush plays
the laptop computer and sings along. Enthusiastic crowds in India came
to the concerts of these two artistes from Michigan out of curiosity but
remained rooted to their seats, transfixed by the sheer quality of the
actress Michelle Williams, may have won accolades for her performance in
the BrokeBack Mountain but her high school has disowned the star,
because of the gay theme of the movie.