Santoor Artiste R Vishweshwaran passed away late night/early morning hours June 28/29…
I had the privilege of being acquainted with him, and was in the audience when he received the title “Kalaimamani” last year. He came on to stage accompanied by his artiste wife Chitra Vishweshwaran. They made such a great couple.
Vishweshwaran was GNB’s nephew and a “complete” musician in his own right. He was at ease with Western Classical, Flamenco, Carnatic and Hindustani music.He has played fusion / jugalbandhi music with artistes from across the world.
He learnt Santoor from Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, whom he revered as an ‘avatara purusha’.
RD Burman introduced him to the world of Hindi film music. He has played for Rajesh Roshan, Lakshmikant Pyarelal. He has played for the great Tamil music director MS Vishwanathan. He loved Mozart, Wagner, Beethoven, Tchaikowsky…He said that one of his proudest moments was when when R D Burman introduced him to Asha Bhonsle as ‘the best guitarist in India”.
Yes, he was a consummate artiste.
My memory of Vishweshwaran is of a person who was always smiling, joking, spreading cheer in a generally serious world.
A good man has gone. The world will miss him.