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2014-08-01: Kirit Baxi, Navras Co-Founder Passes Away


The technical genius and the spirit behind the outstanding recording quality that became the hallmark of
Navras Records music albums, Kirit Baxi, my elder brother and mentor, has been ripped away from us. He passed
away Friday 1st August night at a hospital in Northampton, England, after cardiac complications over the past
month. He was 71.

"Kiritbhai", as he became affectionately known to the Maestros whose sounds he projected and performances he
recorded, was held in very high esteem and trust by these great musicians over the past 22 years. Kirit was
exceptionally gifted and innately talented in all matters mechanical, electronic and digital with his
personally developed know-how and prowess that was something to behold. He did not go to any University but
he could easily hold his own and even put right post graduate engineers with his common sense and technical
grasp that was extra ordinary. Navras in a sense was his afterlife, having worked for several electronic and
computing firms after graduating in Radio Electronics from the Northern Polytechnic in London. Heart
condition forced him into a premature retirement and that was the impetus behind the founding of Navras
Records in 1992.

He took on the Sama Arts Network archives into Navras Records and re-mastered analogue and digital recordings
going back in time. It was he who developed the template for Navras website, produced the high quality
booklets, flyers and artwork that went into the albums or for publicity, eventually handing that function to
his equally talented Graphics Designer son, Rahul.

He was the perennial presence at recordings of all Navras and Sama concerts in London and sometimes in India.
He created his own "audio-visual" lab at home where he mastered audio albums and wrote DVD masters and edited
them, pretty much single handedly for most part.

His finest moments were in projects that required putting together complex and sophisticated sound system
arrangements and recording / filming of live concerts involving large orchestras, such as the members of the
London Symphony Orchestra, in performance with great Indian masters, and a large Bollywood orchestra and
singers complex at venues such as the Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall in London.

He always kept himself abreast with the latest developments in technology of sound and vision, electronics
and computing in terms of hardware and software.

In the past couple of years poor health made it difficult for him to do outdoor recording work. Along with
the presentations of Mr Nag of the label Chhanda Dhara, Kirit Baxi was a pioneer who made it possible for
people to start believing that live concert recordings and very high quality audio sound were not
incompatible for Indian classical music. The ability to relive a live musical experience became real through
his efforts. He set the highest standards of technical specifications and output for his presentations.

He will be very sorely missed by his family, friends and artists. His innocence, lack of cynicism, simplicity
and incredible curiosity for art and technology were his abiding characteristics that touched people he
interacted with. His contribution towards the preservation and dissemination of Indian Classical and
Traditional Music, both in audio and visual formats, will be his lasting legacy.

May his soul rest in peace!

Vibhaker Baxi
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