Everyone knew her as Chand Didi. Chandralekha Tripathi breathed his last on December 26 in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.
The 80-year-old, who studied and then became a lecturer at Girls Inter College Mussoorie and taught there for almost 38 years, was the epicenter of music in the Mussoorie Hills as young people from far and near flocked to them. to her to learn. music.
Chand Didi’s students will remember her sitting behind her tabla dancing and singing in front of her. Or, standing on her patio, with her dog by her side, gazing across valleys and hills as she perhaps planned what she would teach her young friends that day.
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Within the framework of Gaon connectionAs part of the People Project, which documented the lives of heroes among us, we met Chand Didi and his students.
“We learned a lot more than music,” said Anshuka Tayal, one of his students. “I was shy and hated speaking in public, but at Chand Didi I learned to open up and be more confident,” she said.
When she retired, Chand Didi began teaching anyone who wanted to learn music at her home. And, completely free.
“I didn’t want one of my students to feel bad that while someone was paying a fee, he or she couldn’t. So, whatever their economic status, I taught them for free, ”Chand Didi said with a smile. Gaon connection. “These children give me energy,” said the winner of the National President’s Award (2001).
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“I have always loved singing and was fascinated by the microphone. I remember singing at home, holding a glass in my mouth, pretending it was a microphone, ”laughed the venerable musician. She remembered singing in front of Jawaharlal Nehru when she was a child. “Music is your constant companion until the end,” she added.
Chand Didi’s last rites were performed in Haridwar. She leaves behind her voice, her music, her dedication and her selfless commitment. A lot, a lot of her Chi-Chis to whom she was a beloved guru, furthering her legacy and teaching music to other young people.