Rishikesh’s luthier was someone Dia Mirza “will never forget”
Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is known worldwide as the center of yoga and the sacred Himalayan spiritual base camp. It was also home to a highly regarded artist, 69-year-old didgeridoo maker Mukesh Dhiman, whose disappearance drew tributes from around the world. The didgeridoo is an Australian Aboriginal musical wind instrument.
Dhiman was known for his art of making the didgeridoo, which is considered to be the oldest known musical instrument in the history of mankind with its roots in Australia. He died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Rishikesh on October 11.
Dhiman, used to make didgeridoos for the past forty years after learning the art from an Australian tourist in 1980 in Rishikesh. Since then he has made hundreds of woodwind instruments from hollow logs and also taught the art of making and playing it to many people along with most of his pupils and disciples from foreign countries. Since his disappearance, his followers have paid tribute to him on social media platforms.
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Bollywood actress and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Dia Mirza also paid tribute to her on her Twitter account.
Sharing the news of her disappearance, she tweeted, âMukeshji is someone I will never forget. a remarkable human being. A kind and gentle soul. He never locked the door of his house. Handcrafted and taught people how to make the didgeridoo. A really special interaction with him on Ganga – The Soul of India.
One of his followers, Eyal Amit of Israel, who also made a documentary on him, posted on Facebook: âMy dear beloved friends, unfortunately there is no easy way to write this . My beloved and legendary teacher parted from this world this morning (October 11) and moved on.
âI still have a hard time digesting the gospel and finding words. If you are able to light a candle, an incense stick for the upliftment of his enlightened soul, I would be very grateful to you. May he rest in Eden, âAmit wrote.
Idan Hojman, his admirer and Spanish student, wrote: âDear Mukesh, thank you for all the wonderful times we have shared together. For all lessons, music, jungle vibes, art, adventure and more. “
âYou have inspired so many people and touched so many souls. May you rest in peace dear friend and master. Your light will continue to shine in our hearts, âHojman wrote.
Another Argentinian follower, Nicolas Larocca, paid tribute to him by dedicating him a song of 2 minutes 57 seconds entitled ‘Gracias Mukesh (Goodbye Mukesh)’ on Facebook.
HT had spoken to him in January of that year when he was working on his âdreamâ studio in the Himalayan foothills of Rishikesh with the help of some of his foreign friends and his four sons. He then said that his new studio in the bosom of nature would be his home to practice the ancient wind instrument away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Rishikesh.
One of his sons, Sourabh Dhiman, said, “We will carry on our father’s legacy by doing didgeridoo and teaching others how to do it.”
He said: âWe would complete his dream studio which was incomplete due to the foreclosure. The studio would be his memory and a warm tribute.
Sourabh also informed that since the news of his father’s death, he has received calls from people around the world to offer his condolences.
âThey are all very upset. They said they would come here as soon as international flights resumed, âhe said.