Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish - Introduction
S.D. Batish Passes away July 29, 2006
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a great man, my father (Papajee), Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish. He was fighting congestive heart failure for nearly 2 years. He died peacefully this morning at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz California. He leaves his wife Smt. Shanta Devi Batish, his five children - Smt. Surendra Devi Batish, Shri Tarun Kumar Batish, Smt. Vijay Laxmi Batish, Shri Ashwin Kumar Batish, and Shri Ravi Kumar Batish and eight wonderful grand children that loved him so dearly. Private services are being planned. Panditji would have been 92 in December this year.
Condolences can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (831) 423-5172 or mailed to Batishs, 1310 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA.
To all my father's fans, please stay in touch. He leaves us with a tremendous legacy that we will share with you all in the very near future. It was his wish to never stop reaching out to spread the musical word. He believed if we all spent more time studying music and other arts the world would be heaven. He often said "with music you no longer need to try going to heaven, you are already there!"
We will sorely miss his presence and his phenominal grasp of culture, language, musical abilities, and humanity. I can only say that I and the rest of the Batish family members will try our level best to bring to you the teaching of this great personality. I aim to archive all his works and memorabilia at his home in Santa Cruz, California. USA and am seriously considering creating a non-profit foundation to carry on the work of my father.
You are invited to visit his personal site at www.sdbatish.com. Any old images, music, trivia on my father's professional musical career will be greatly cherished by my family.
With great love and a very sad heart,
S. D. Batish has been a stalwart on the Indian music scene since 1936. His songs have been broadcast from All India Radio nationwide. His old movies are regularly shown on the Indian TV. He is a true master of the various vocal, and instrumental styles of the North Indian musical tradition - including Bhajans, Geet, Thumri, Folk, Ghazals, Film Sangeet, and Classical. Some of his outstanding films are Betab, Bahu Beti, Toofan, Harjeet, Tipu Sultan, Ham Bhi Kuch Kam Nahin, and Amar Keertan. His songs have been sung by such top artists as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Talat Mahmood, Mohomad Rafi, Sudha Malhotra, Manna Dey, Geeta Dutt. Some of his all time hit songs are,