Shillong mourns Ripple Kyndiah

SHILLONG: On Sunday, Shillong mourned the passing away of Ripple Kyndiah.

The mortal remains of veteran Congress leader Paty Ripple Kyndiah was accorded State funeral at St Anthony’s Ground, Laitumkhrah, before being laid to rest at All Saints’ Cathedral Cemetery, here today.

Floral wreathes were laid at the casket bearing the former Union Minister’s body draped with the tricolour, while the Meghalaya Police accorded gun salute as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

Paying tribute to Kyndiah, Chief Adviser to the State Government DD Lapang recalled him as a “man of passion, mission and determination” and said his passing away was a great loss to the family, the State and the nation as a whole.

A local daily reported that “Old man River” , by Paul Robeson made the departed politician PR Kyndiah and singer Bhupen Hazarika friends in 1950s.

While Kyndiah was a news reader and compere of programmes of  AIR, Shillong when it was first set up in July 1948, Hazarika joined AIR,Shillong as programme assistant in 1950s.

AIR, Shillong at that time catered to the listeners of undivided Assam, and it was in  1977 that a full- fledged AIR station for Meghalaya was established.

Kyndiah, who passed away on March 26 had, in a ‘Shillong Times’ interview in 2011 (after Bhupen’s death) said that Hazarika joined AIR Shillong after returning from the USA after his studies. “We enjoyed him singing ‘Ol man river’, an African-American spiritual song made famous by Paul Robeson a great African-American singer of that time. It was Bhupen’s  favourite song and he liked folk music very much. Since then we became friendly”. Kyndiah had said.

When Hazarika died , Kyndiah wrote, “Very sad to know that my old friend is no more. A great vacuum is created in his absence in the Indian music scene. He was a uniquely talented person with many gifts rolled into one and it is a huge loss for the Northeast in particular and the country as a whole.”

Now Ripple has gone to that great mansion in the sky.

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