Mehr Jesia, Bhavna Pandey with Ananya Pandey attended pianist Karan Joseph's funeral in Bandra. Mumbai. All pictures/Satej Shinde
Prateik Babbar at pianist Karan Joseph's funeral in Bandra. Mumbai
Chetan Hansraj at pianist Karan Joseph's funeral in Bandra. Mumbai.
Imaad Shah at pianist Karan Joseph's funeral in Bandra. Mumbai
Ishita Arun at pianist Karan Joseph's funeral in Bandra. Mumbai
Loy Mendonca at pianist Karan Joseph's funeral in Bandra, Mumbai
A 29-year-old musician from Bengaluru allegedly committed suicide today by jumping off the 12th floor of a high-rise building in suburban Bandra here, the police said
Karan Joseph took the extreme step by jumping off a window of the flat, owned by a company where his friend Rishi Shah works, at Bullock Road, they said
Karan was residing at the flat since the last month and was reportedly depressed, said senior police inspector of Bandra police station Pandit Thackrey
At around 8.30 am, Karan along with Rishi and other friends was watching television in the living room. After sometime, he got up, went near the window and jumped off it. He was reportedly in an inebriated state, the official said
Karan was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead, Thackrey said, adding Karan had gone out last night and returned home only this morning. According to the police no suicide note was found from the spot
Karan Joseph's parents were then informed about the incident and the body was handed over to his kin after post-mortem. An accidental death report has been registered and probe is underway
Sunday evening saw a congregation of hundreds of friends and relatives of pianist Karan Joseph, who jumped to his death from Bandra's Concorde building on Saturday morning, at St Andrew's Church for mass
After his body was handed over to his family members, who had arrived in the city from Bengaluru on Saturday night, it was taken to the Shivaji Park crematorium, where his final rites were conducted around 7 pm
Teary-eyed during the mass and cremation, his friends and father, Dr Thomas Joseph, remembered Karan as a fun-loving guy who aimed to keep making great music.
A friend said, "I knew him for the last three years. He was a cheerful person and did not hold any grudges against anyone. He used to be happy in life and concentrate on his music; it was his career as well as passion."
Clayton Hogermeer, another friend of Karan, said, "His vision was to create music; he was an excellent musician. I had met him just a week ago, he was happy and there were no signs of anything being wrong with him. He didn't mention having any problems with anyone."
Often called a "child prodigy" for his excellent command over piano, which he started playing at the age of five, Joseph passed with top honours from the Bangalore School of Music, Royal School of Music and the Trinity College of Music
Later, he learnt to study piano professionally at the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, USA, where he trained under veterans like Danilo Perez, Hal Crook and Jeff Covell
Over the years, he played piano and performed at many events and venues like Blue Frog in Mumbai, Opus, Bflat & Herbs and Spices in Bengaluru, Shisha Jazz Cafe in Pune, and Rockwood Music Hall, Smalls, Fat Cat, 55 Bar and others in New York
He also performed with Pentagram on MTV Unplugged and in the past had performed with Victor Wooten, Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, David Binney, Amit Heri, L. Subramanium and Prasanna.
Music industry paid tributes to Joseph -- who played for the Mad Fingers music group -- terming him a genius who deserved to be far more celebrated than he was
Family and friends gather at Karan Joseph's funeral
Karan Joseph's father and brother
Mehr Jesia, Bhavna Panday, Prateik Babbar, Ishita Arun, Imaad Shah and other personalities attended the funeral mass of pianist Karan Joseph at St. Andrew's Church, Bandra in Mumbai. We have pictures