Renowned Violinist V. G. Jog Passes Away

Kolkata, India – Several Indian news sources reported the death of renowned violinist and Padma Bhushan awardee,
V.G. Jog
He died in Kolkata on Saturday, January 31st, after a prolonged
illness. He was 89. Jog is survived by wife, a son and two daughters.

Family sources said Jog was suffering from respiratory problems for the past few years.

Born in Maharashtra in 1922, he studied with Sri Shankar Rao Athavela, Ganapat Rao Purohit, and the great master Allauddin Khan.

Since 1999, Pandit Jog had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The
disease had not only crippled the elderly maestro by taking away the
violin away from his hands, but was also draining away all his
resources. Without music, his only source of income, the high cost of
medical care became an unbearable burden for the Jog family. Moreover,
the untimely death of his son added a blow to the ailing artist and his
family. In recent years, several benefit concerts were held to provide
him and his family with urgently needed financial assistance.

Besides the Padma Bhushan, Jog also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi
award, West Bengal government’s Rajya Natak award, the Kalidas Samman, the
Bhuwalka Puraskar and the Hafiz Ali Khan award.

Jog had a long association with the All India Radio’s Kolkata center
as music composer and producer, besides being member of the AIR’s
audition board.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.