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Goodbye from Mysoreans, 1986

Scanned page from "Star of Mysore", circa 1986. Text is below the picture.

Well Done Madam! Thank You

In the vast canvas called the All India Radio, the tranfer of a Director from one Station to another is a routine affair as as such, it is a non-event. But not so for the incumbent concerned and the people affected. Dr. Jyotsna Kamath, the middle aged lady of the Akashvani Mysore is under orders of transfer to Bombay, where with all her dynamism and experience, she will be a nonperson.

But in Mysire she was a great lady, a great organizer and a great pragmatist. She carried the Akashvani to the doors of the people. The way she organised various cultural shows in the city brought all the public of the city into the fold or the AIR.

How did she do it? Why did she do it? Was it required of her office?

To get the answers to these questions, you should meet her and spend a few moments. First, she is never conscious of her office. This makes you absolutely ast ease with her. You discuss any subject with her, you get enriched because her expertise is vast and deep. Secondly, her dedication to the duty cast to her is phenomenal. It looks as though she is born to convey the message of the Akashvani to the masses and raise their cultural level. And finally, she is not a slave of the rules. Rules are there as broad guidelines. It is our innovative spirit that should find out a way to achive the impossible out of the maze of these rules, she says.

The Foreign students' cultural meet, the veterans' singing spree, the children's talent display, not to forget the periodic music concerts, all arranged with love and warmth by the Mysore Akashvani spoke volumes about this great lady. Invitees or noninvitees, those who went to these functions were treated as though they were guests at a wedding reception.

Well Madam, in the days to come we will miss you very much. You carry with you the citizen's gratitude and affection. May you climb higher and higher and succeed in making AIR more human and humane throughout the country!

See Also:

  • The Voice Behind the Voices -- Tribute to Jyotsna Kamat in "Star of Mysore" after her transfer from Mysore Akashavani.
  • Memoirs of Mysore -- Jyotsna Kamat recalls experiences as a Central Government employee trying to make peace with angry local activists in Memoirs of Mysore
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