Who was Prabhakar Jog? Prominent musician who died today in Pune

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Famous violinist, composer and singer Prabhakar Jog died at his residence here in Pune on Sunday due to age-related issues, sources close to his family said. He was 88 years old.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray regretted his passing, saying the field of music has lost a real ‘sadhak’, while Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari tweeted: ‘He has enriched the art world with its melodious interpretations. He formed many disciples thus ensuring the sustainability of his heritage. . “

Who was Prabhakar Jog?

Jog was born in Haregaon, Maharashtra on December 25, 1932 and was very fond of music since his childhood. According to his website, he took classical vocal music lessons at Pt. Gajananrao Joshi and Pt. Narayanrao Marulkar for 5-6 years. His older brother Shri Vamanrao Jog (former Akashvani Indore violinist) used to give violin lessons at their home. Jog always hung out at his music lessons and enjoyed listening to him play the violin.

He was inspired by the music of Shridhar Palshikar which was broadcast on the radio and began to take lessons from his brother. Soon the violin became an inseparable part of his life.

At the age of 12, Jog began playing the violin in music shows as he faced a “win and learn” situation following the unexpected death of his father.

He then worked as an assistant to musician Sudhir Phadke (who was popular under the name Babuji). The songs from the ‘Geet Ramayana’ series sound like Jog’s violin. He accompanied Phadke for around 500 performances of ‘Geet Ramayana’.

After his stint with Phadke, he started composing songs independently for All India Radio, Pune. His first song as Music Director ‘Lapvilpas Tu Hirva Chafa’ sung by his wife Late Neela Jog, was broadcast on Aakashwani Pune and remains one of the most popular Marathi songs to this day.

In the movies he got his first break as a violinist in the Marathi movie “Shri Gurudevdatta”.

He has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Gan Samragni Lata Mangeshkar Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Jog’s life and music journey has been summarized in his autobiography “Swar Ale Juluni”.

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Posted on: Sunday October 31st, 2021 5:31 PM IST

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