KIRTIKER N. THAKER

I first saw Mr. Marks perform in 1962 at a fund raiser for Indian Army soldiers and their families. I was II years old and became his fan. Mr. Mahendi Nawaz Jang, the Governor of the Gujarat State, was the guest of honor, and there was a war on the border of India and China.

In 1967, when I was 15 years old, I started accompanying Mr. Marks on tabla. Between then and 2006, we traveled in India and the USA for many, many programs.

Mr. Marks as a Music Student: I had taken some lessons from his sitar teacher, Mr. Vasanrow Tendulker, in 1965. Mr. Marks and I learned tabla from the great master, Ustad Allarakh Sab (Ustad Zakir Hussein's father) in Chicago 1982-83. He was a fast learner and had very high respect for his guru and rehazee artist.

Mr. Marks as a friend and social worker: In the year 1975 he was a new immigrant' and struggling for his own settlement. He had given a sultter to one of my friends, Mr. Kamalesh Desai (Chicago's popular artist), and invited me from Vermont to Chicago and guided me from jobs on the road and from music to my law career, helping me to prepare for the Illinois Bar Exam. It would be difficult to find any Indian charitable association or temple fund raiser in the last three decades that Mr. Marks had not helped with. Music was his profession, but he was generous with his time and talent. We have offered many concerts free of charge for charitable organizations.

Mr. Marks as an Indian: His opening remarks for the sita were: "MY NAME IS PATRIC MARKS. I AM A CHRISTAN, MY TEACHER WAS MUSLIM, AND I AM GOING TO PLAYA HINDU RAGA. AND THIS IS WHAT INDIA AND INDIAN MUSIC IS."

Mr. Marks as Musician: He was very knowledgeable and always introduced the new talented artist. We had an opportunity to play at the opening ceremony for the movie GANDHI. He introduced Dr. Kamalesh Awasti, the film playback singer Mr. Sabbir Kumar, Mr. Nafis Kuresi, Mr. Kirtiker Thaker, and Mr. Kamlesh Desai of Chicago. He had a very good sense of humor, and with that he introduced Gujarat's best comedian, Mr. Dinkar Mehta.

Mr. Marks has performed everywhere, from all the Gujarat State Colleges to Fine Arts of Chicago.

Mr. Marks as funder: He was a founder of the Patric Marks & Navin Gugger Music Party, the Hans Dwani music classes in India, the Indian Music Ensamble, and the Surbahar Cultural Association. For the first time in U.S. history, we offered the Indian Ras Garba Competition in 1983-1985. We had invited many dance groups from all over the world.

Mr. Mark as a teacher and guru: He was my teacher for sitar. He had a unique technique in teaching, Always on time, he had a keen interest in teaching. Mr. Richard Smith, Mr. Kirs Hendrick, and Mr. Richard Swizanski are successful musicians who were the former students of Mr. Marks.