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Rangayana ‘Cheeni’ harmonium falls silent

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Mysuru: Srinivas Bhat, fondly called as ‘Cheeni Mama’ by Rangayana artistes, passed away at his residence here on Wednesday. He was 68. Srinivas is survived by wife Sucheta and son Giri Das.

Srinivas Bhat, a native of Udupi, was brought to Mysuru by noted theatre personality BV Karanth when he set up Rangayana in Mysuru. A musical genius, Srinivas Bhat or Cheeni to his contemporaries, is credited for carrying the legacy of BV Karanth and his music.

Born in a family of musicians, Cheeni had a strong inclination towards music, especially tabala and harmonium. His father was a noted tabala player. From his early days he took to music and it was BV Karanth who brought him Mysuru during the initial days of Rangayana. He would instantly compose music for any play and majority of his background score for plays including ‘Kindarijogi’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Krishnegowdana Aane’ among many others at Rangayana are quite popular.

He exclusively organized drum rhythm musical workshop for Rangayana students and he could use anything to form a tune be it drum or plates. Such was his talent.

On Thursday, his mortal remains were kept at Rangayana’s BV Karanth Ranga chavadi. Cheeni students recited ‘Rangageethe’ as a tribute to him.

Theatre personalities Prasanna, Basavalingaiah, Mandya Ramesh, Mysuru District Amateur Theatre Association president Suresh Babu and Kannada and Culture Department Joint Director VN Mallikarjunaswamy attended his funeral at Gokulam crematorium.

-Team Mysoorunews.

 

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