“He was more than a great artiste”

The third evening of the ongoing five-day dance and music festival in memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra at Rabindra Mandap here on Friday was a touching tribute to the late legend by a living legend – Mohan Veena inventor Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt and internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam artiste Priyadarsini Govind.

“He was not only a great artiste but a great human being as well. He was an inspiration to me and many like me. We learnt from him how one should be loyal to one's own art,” the Grammy awardee Mohan Veena maestro mentioned while speaking eloquently about Guru Kelucharan and his life of great artistry and simplicity. The two-hour concert that he presented being accompanied on tabla by Kumar Bose was a treat for the connoisseurs.

It included his composition “A meeting by the river” that had won him the Grammy Award in 1992. “Music has no religion and no geographical or linguistic barrier. It speaks a universal language. My composition – A meeting by the river – aims at explaining this,” he explained. .