GAURAV MAZUMDAR

My meeting with Patric goes back to the 90's on my visit to the Chicago area. I remember meeting him the first time and telling myself, 'Strong personality.' What struck me most was his passion for music, his forthcoming and confident nature. This impression of him was confirmed on my subsequent meetings with him, which also made our relationship stronger and fonder.

A few years back, I was playing a private concert and I was very happy to see Patric in the audience, and as a natural gesture, I paid my respects to him as a person who has done so much for Indian music in the region and is well-respected and loved. I thought it was apt and he deserved every bit of it.

I was happy to see that he was pleased with the concert, and we spoke after the concert and had a meal together. It was a great pleasure to have him at my concert and be able to speak with him.

The very next year, I was playing at the Saptak Festival in Ahmedabad, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Patric him after my concert. He was waiting outside the auditorium for me and I was completely taken aback as I wasn't at all informed that he was there. He loved my performance and I was so happy that he was there. to listen to me once again.

I bid him goodbye with a promise of meeting soon, but little did I know that that meeting was our final goodbye.

As we get together to remember him, I am sure he is watching us, with a gleam on his face, telling us, "The show must go on."