Pt. Vijay Kumar Malla
Demise of our dearest Vijay Malla is indeed a great loss to the entire Kashmiri community. It is a personal loss to me as I have lost my younger brother. I remember when I first met him at his residence way back in 70s, when he was just a young boy and would be doing his riyaz for many hours. He learnt nuances of music from late Shri V P Dhar, who was my Guru too. His soft nature and sweet voice used to mesmerize a lot of music lovers. I too was his great fan, as his gayaki was full of emotions.
It’s very unfortunate that we have lost an artist of a very high caliber, Vijay Mallah. He was one of my very dedicated disciples whom I saw growing with an amazing talent, hard work and urge to do new every time. He made a name for himself not only at regional level but on the national level as well and created a big fan following for himself. Technically, his style of rendering that got evolved these years is his identity which people will remember forever.
We are all with his family at this hour of grief and the irreparable loss.
Pandit Bhajan Sopori
I have been associated with Vijay Malla from 1970's. He has left a big void in the field of music and has left us shocked and saddened. It will be impossible to get anyone who can parallel his golden, touching and heart rendering voice. He had obtained excellance in classical, light, Ghajals and Bhajans. He also used to sing Dogri in addition to kashmiri and will be remembered as one of the greatest singers.
I had an opportunity to sing many songs with this great singer and can never forget the golden musical era with him in Kashmir. We pray to the Almighty for the peace of the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
Kailash Mehra Sadhu
I was deeply saddened to hear about the untimely and sad demise of my colleague Vijay Malla ji .Vijay ji had a positive, faith filled outlook on life and towards other people. Although Vijay ji is no more, his melodious voice will always touch our hearts.
This is really unbelievable that destiny has snatched such a great talented KP artist. His golden voice will be missed by all his fans across the globe.
Today was a tough day for me as it was for thousands of his fans, when I heard the sad news of Vijay Malla'sdemise. The harsh reality did not seem real and a profound sense of grief and immense desperation at the loss of not just a human being but a very precious one took over me. As I tried to take in the reality, a quick flashback of memories went by, of a golden era when I had the privilege of working with him on numerous occasions at recordings, concerts, and rehearsals. Like everyone else in the musical field, I too was mesmerized by his deep, luscious,expressive voice. The ease with which he sang the toughest of compositions, made other artists envious of him and wonder about the depth of his talent. Even though sometimes he came across as a non-serious co-artist, he shined at the actual performance and enthralled his audiences to great heights.
One such event comes to my mind when, at a prestigious concert for the great poet “Rasool Mir” in Tagore Hall Kashmir, Vijay and I were supposed to sing a duet “ Yaariloguth sang dil, chaini Januk
A “mast malang” artist, who was oblivious of his great talent, produced some outstanding work during the70s and 80s and went on to show his versatility in singing Ghazal, geet, folk, bhajan etc. He created a name for himself not only in Kashmir but outside too. He was signed as an artiste of Music India Ltd (MIL) – a Polydoor Gramaphone Company, and has participated in Khazana 87 and 88. MIL has also launched his cassette titled Justaju (Search) which has received good commendation.
Vijay you will always live in our hearts. Rest in peace!,
Arti Tiku Kaul
Vijay Malla not being within us is unbeleivable. The tragic news made me numb and sad. i have grown up listening to his voice. He was a great inspiration not only to me but to other performers of the valley. I used to respect him as my senior who can never be replaced in the years to come. Whenever I used to meet him, he used to tell me " U are my younger sister ". I have therfore lost a loving brother and a great performer who had and will always inspire me as a singer.
Will always remember the concerts where we performed together.
Vijay Malla's demise is a great loss to the valley where his voice can still be heard. Vijay can never die. He might not be with us physically but his presence will be always felt through his brilliant voice. I had lovely time with him when he was in Mumbai for quite some time. A faqir at heart who lived his life the way he wanted to live, had no inhibitions. Whenever we used to discuss something and if he didnt agree he used to just smile which used to give a signal that he is not liking it. A great soul and a great human being a great performer which the valley will not produce for many more decades.
We will miss u Vijay. May god give energy to his family to face this loss.
Vijay Malla.....A humble tribute !
It was around 7 pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, that I learnt about the sudden and untimely passing away of Vijay Malla. Out of share disbelief and personal admiration for the distinguished artist, I sprang up from my seat. But, the sad news had been broken by electronic media, there was no point in verifying the ‘attal pazzar’.
Not only has the exiled Kashmiri Pandit community lost a great son, but the entire music fraternity of J&K state has lost a great icon as well. The time tested melodious voice of Vijay Malla, in various genres of singing /music, will continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of music lovers and the work left behind by the great singer will continue to inspire future generations, cutting across all religious barriers, in the years to come.
Besides, Malla’s soulful singing of many a popular Kashmiri bajans / leelas, including, among others, “aasai sharan karatam dayaa, tathi-shree ganee-shaayay namah…” or “harmohka bartal praarai madano, yee dapham tee laagayo…”, as and when played through available audio/video recordings, will continue to help uplift the spirits of devout among the community.It is an irony that the genius of late Vijay Malla has got virtually unnoticed as far as receiving an appropriate official recognition of the veteran artist’s distinctive musical talent was concerned.
May the soul of departed "ghazal king" rest in peace! In prayers …
(Ramesh Manvati, Sr. Activist , Panun Kashmir and Editor, PAANNYAAR )
May God rest his soul in peace. With due respect to departed soul I feel Vijay Malla Ji did't receive what as a community and society we should have offered to such a brilliant singer. Past is past and can not be turned back, we still have sizable artistes who can keep our culture and heritage alive but we are indifferent towards them and they are quite demoralized despite of their best talent and contribution to our society.bFor God sake let us wake up and do something from them, which in other words is to do something for ourselves to keep our tradition and music alive. Otherwise it will be too late. Zinda diyuv atlaas marith na kenh.
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I must compliment the editorial team for coming out with special edition dedicated to the memory of late Vijay Malla. Orzuv !
Added By Ramesh Manvati
Death is a phenomenon more real than life itself and we all carry with us a post-dated death warrant. Despite Gita's dictum that we should not grieve while Soul changes body, it is difficult not to grieve the death of Vijayji Malla who enriched our culture through his music. I feel grateful to Arunji and Deepakji for honoring the memory of the great artist in such a beautiful manner. God bless them and Shehjar Magazine!
Added By Gopinath Raina
Death of an artists is indeed end of an era. Vijay Malla was a voice that stirred our souls and also gave identity to a miniscule sub-Indian community. May God rest his soul in peace. And community activists must make sure that his songs and legacy are perpetuated and is made accessible to the younger generation. Aasha Khosa Journalist New Delhi
Added By Aasha Khosa
MY DAD IS MY HERO, HE IS MY ASSET HE IS MY LORD SHIVA HE CAME IN MY LIFE LIKE A KING AND HE DIED LIKE A VERSATILE KING,MY DAD WAS A PERSON WHO WAS HIMSELF A LORD SHIVA AND SAKSHAT SARSWATI IN HIS THROAT.MY DAD WAS MASTER OF ALL THE MASTERS THE TOUGH COTATIONS WHICH HE GAVE ME IN HIS LIFETIME ITS NOT SO EASY TO SING
Added By VINEET MALLA
Living in a remote part of the world where we have few Indians living,let alone kashmiris,this news has hit me real hard. i want to shout,cry run back home (home to our gen would be only kashir),only tears roll down in this isolation. I have seen Vijay whenever we had a marriage in Srinagar as a teen and the songs meant little to me then. Now these very songs are a sort of life line. I can only say that people around the our world will always remember you.You will always live.
Added By sanjay Koul