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‘Shall die doing what I love most’

DNJAI67148 | 4/16/2016 | Author : Vinod Joshi | WC :731

He wore a ponytail, rode bikes and loved music. John Singh is arguably the modern-day talent hunter for the folk artists in Rajasthan, and in their finding he renewed the tryst of a people with their city and its abandoned cultural legacy
As i knew him

When I was informed of John Singh’s passing away, the many memories of my friend, philosopher and guide, threw up the most uncanny of all recollections — a portrait of his coming terrifyingly close to death in my company.   
This was three years back. We had recently plunged into the Mamosar Festival (an annual event that celebrates folk art with audience drawn from around the world). John had joined us despite his failing health to be in the company of artists and their music he so loved. Suddenly, without any alarm, he started bleeding from his nose. It  was profuse. I immediately left the festival in the hands of my revered colleague Ishwar Dutt Mathur and got the local doctors in the village to check on him. But the bleeding w
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