V Ramnarayan writes this beautiful essay on the tragic death of Ranjani Hebbar at age 31, who passed away just as she was ripening into a mature Carnatic musician.


Her lovely voice, her nuanced rendering of a complex art through uncluttered expression, her firm views on tradition and creativity which she found no need to publicly articulate — all these qualities made Ranjani Hebbar a very special musician, a very special person. Rarely has Carnatic music lost such a brilliant talent so young.