Padma Shri Awardee Dr John Marr passes away

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cienu
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#1 Padma Shri Awardee Dr John Marr passes away

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John Ralston Marr the famous British Indologist, writer and a former member of faculty at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London passed away on May 19th 2022 at the age of 95 years. He was a scholar of both Carnatic music and Tamil literature and was the author of several publications. He was a founder trustee of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK and a recipient of the 2011 "Kural Peedam Award" of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2009, for his contributions to Education.

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#2 Re: Padma Shri Awardee Dr John Marr passes away

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I'm very sorry to hear that.

As a student at BVB London, of course I knew him. A scholar, an old-fashioned English Gentleman, and, of course, devoted to India, particularly the south.

I don't know if his wife Wendy is still living

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#3 Re: Padma Shri Awardee Dr John Marr passes away

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A rich soul gone...
Leaving behind a deep impression that barriers are created by humans and yet the world can still redeem itself by remembering those like him and in producing more boundary-less people in art, scholarship--and in the matter of living too.

Peace to his soul...

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Nick H wrote: 21 May 2022, 19:06 I don't know if his wife Wendy is still living
Unfortunately Wendy passed away approximately a year ago.

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#5 Re: Padma Shri Awardee Dr John Marr passes away

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Very sorry to hear. RIP.

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cienu wrote: 22 May 2022, 09:36
Nick H wrote: 21 May 2022, 19:06 I don't know if his wife Wendy is still living
Unfortunately Wendy passed away approximately a year ago.
Oh, that's sad. I should have remembered: our member Jayaram did send me the news.

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Condolences to his near and dear!

viewtopic.php?p=115387 - that was a thread on him. Also would be interested to know what is his central thesis on Carnatic music.

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